Navy ship thwarts pirate attack on merchant vessel off Yemen

Last Updated: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 22:26

New Delhi: A pirate attack on a merchant
vessel in the Gulf of Aden has been thwarted by an Indian
warship, which intercepted a dhow with 31 sea brigands on
board.

This is the 26th piracy attack that was prevented by the
Indian Navy in the two years that it is involved in
anti-piracy operations in the Arabian Sea, a Navy spokesperson
said here today.
"On December 8, in the Gulf of Aden, 166 km south of
Yemen, INS Investigator intercepted and disabled a dhow
carrying 31 personnel with piracy triggers," he said here in a
press release.

INS Investigator was on transit through the Gulf of Aden
when a distress call was received from MV Naftocement 18,
reporting that a dhow was attempting to close in on the ship.

The Indian warship took swift action to reach the spot
and launched its sailors to board the dhow. Investigations
revealed six skiffs with six Out Board Motors (OBMs), one
AK-47 with magazine and ammunition box, gas cylinders, fuel
and fresh water drums on board the dhow.

"All equipment was rendered unavailable and the dhow
disabled from launching possible piracy missions," he said.

At the same time INS Gomati deployed in Gulf of Aden for
anti-piracy efforts, was escorting other merchant vessels 110
km east of the incident.

"This incident marked the twenty-sixth instance of
successful disruption of piracy attempts by the Indian Navy
since the anti-piracy operations were commenced by its
warships in October 2008," he added.
Since late November this year, Navy has intensified
anti-piracy patrol east of Laskhadweep Islands through a
multi-warship deployment after there was a spurt in incidents
of pirate movements and in the process has chased out two
mother ships of the sea brigands, apart from apprehending 14
Pakistanis and five Iranians on a dhow sailing suspiciously in
the area.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 22:26

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