Piracy attempts in Gulf of Aden foiled by Navy

Last Updated: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 19:11

New Delhi: Three piracy attempts in last four
days in the Gulf of Aden have been thwarted by the Indian Navy
which neutralised eight armed Somali pirates, Navy officials
said on Monday.

"Naval warship INS Sukanya thwarted the piracy attempts
by Somali pirates in Gulf of Aden yesterday morning and
September 20. In a swift operation, the Naval warship saved
the two merchant vessels MV Fairchem Bronco and MV Conquerer
yesterday," the officials said here.
INS Sukanya, which is deployed in piracy infested Gulf of
Aden to escort merchant vessels, noticed two high speed pirate
boats approaching the merchant vessels in the wee hours on
Sunday.

Responding to the situation, the naval ship asked the
pirates to maintain a safe distance from the vessels through
radio and sounded an alarm.
Soon a group of marine commandos on speed boats were
launched to take stock of the situation and to ensure safety
of the vessels.

"The action took place in darkness but the commandos
successfully neutralized the pirates and seized the arms and
ammunition including communication equipment. Pirates were
also carrying ropes and ladder to board the merchant vessels,"
the officials said.

The two merchant ships were later safely escorted out of
the area.

PTI



First Published: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 19:11

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