Navy to continue heavy patrolling against pirates: Verma
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 00:23
  
New Delhi: After one of its fast attack craft sunk a pirate mother ship near Lakshadweep, Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma on Monday said his force will continue to carry out "heavy patrolling" against pirates there.

"We have already put in very heavy patrolling as far as our waters are concerned and that is the reason why this pirate ship could be tackled...This effort would continue," he told reporters here.

Last week, a Naval Fast Attack Craft (FAC) sunk a pirate mothership named 'Prantalay' 75 miles off Lakshadweep saving the 20-member crew of the hijacked vessel on-board and arrested 15 pirates from it.

To thwart any piracy attempts around Lakshadweep, the Coast Guard along with the Navy has launched the Operation Island Watch along the Lakshadweep Islands.

Noting that the joint Coast Guard and Navy patrols were keeping a strict vigil there, he said, "That is why it just did not carry out an attack and escape and that is why in good time, we could detect it and take action."

In the recent past, activities of pirates around Lakshadweep have increased and they were also successful in hijacking a Bangladeshi-flagged merchant vessel about 90 nautical miles off Kochi and 80 nautical miles off Minicoy.

As part of its efforts to counter piracy and enhance coastal security, last month a Coast Guard district headquarters was commissioned in Kavaratti along with a station in Minicoy, both in the Lakshadweep Islands.

Due to this spurt in pirate activity, the Navy had deployed its warships along with Coast Guard vessels in the central Arabian sea.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 00:23


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