Navy ship thwarts pirate attack on merchant vessel off Yemen
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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.


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

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