Navy ship on anti-piracy mission to join Seychelles Day fete



New Delhi: An Indian Navy ship on an anti-piracy mission in Seychelles waters at present will join the celebrations of the island nation's National Day tomorrow.

The ship, INS Trishul, will anchor off Seychelles and join the events at sea and at the port there.

Trishul was in Seychelles for last one week to carry out anti-piracy patrols in the nation's Exclusive Economic Zone, after having spent about three weeks in the Gulf of Aden on a similar mission, a Navy officer said here today.

Before reaching Seychelles, the ship had carried out a similar patrol in Mauritius waters for about a week.

Trishul has now been replaced by INS Mysore, a Delhi class destroyer of the Indian Navy in Gulf of Aden since June 10.

Trishul, a Talwar class frigate, had carried out anti-piracy patrols on the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden for about a month and is returning to Mumbai after stopovers at Mauritius and Seychelles, the officer said.

Mysore, which has taken over from Trishul at Gulf of Aden, has in the last one week carried out two transits up and down the IRTC and has escorted 12 merchant vessels, flying both Indian and foreign flags, during the period, he said.

India has deployed its warships in the Gulf of Aden since October 2008 and in the last one-and-a-half years it has escorted over 1,000 merchant vessels of which over 900 were foreign flagged vessels.

Apart from India, NATO has deployed a Combined Task Force of its member-nations comprising three or four warships in the Gulf of Aden in anti-piracy roles, at any given time.

European Union's NAVFOR, a naval force which has Pakistan and Turkey navies too participating in the anti-piracy effort in the Gulf of Aden, deploys another four or five warships at all times to secure the sea lanes through the region.

China and a few more Asian nations too have deployed their warships to fight the Somali sea brigands who had captured several merchant vessels in the last few years and held the crew of these vessels for ransom, badly hitting commercial seafaring.

PTI