Indian Navy foils pirate attack in Gulf of Aden
Mumbai: Indian Navy patrolling the Gulf of
Aden yesterday thwarted a multi-boat attack by sea brigands on
merchant vessels, apprehending 26 Somali pirates and
confiscating arms and ammunition, in the fifth successful
anti-piracy operation since September.
At about 9:25 Thursday morning, navy personnel aboard
warship INS Sukanya spotted a group of five suspicious boats
speedily approaching the merchant vessels of her group.
"The warship immediately altered (its direction) towards
the suspicious vessels and challenged them. On seeing the
resolve evident in the warship's action and probably mindful
of the reputation for resolute action that the Indian Navy
justly enjoys in such deployments, the pirate skiffs reversed
course and tried to flee the area," Captain Manohar Nambiar,
Chief Public Relations Officer, Defence, said.
While two of them managed to escape, INS Sukanya
successfully intercepted the remaining three boats and, in a
well-practiced and professionally executed boarding-and-search
action, nabbed 26 Somali pirates with six AK 47 rifles, 12
magazines and about 300 rounds of ammunition.
This is the fifth successful anti-piracy operation
conducted by INS Sukanya in the course of her ongoing patrol
mission in the Gulf of Aden that commenced in September, the
Warship Sukanya, currently deployed on anti-piracy
patrols in the Gulf of Aden under the operational control of
the Western Naval Command, was escorting a group of five
merchant vessels through the Internationally Recognised
Transit Corridor when the incident happened.
The timely operation by INS Sukanya resulted, once again,
in foiling the pirates' attempt to attack merchant vessels
transiting the busy sea lane through which over nearly 100
billion USD worth India's external trade passes each year,
In their five operations so far, the personnel on
board the warship have confiscated 14 AK-47 Rifles, 31
magazines and 923 rounds of ammunition, he said.
Indian Navy is part of the international effort to
ensure the safety and freedom of seaborne trade in this
high-risk stronghold of modern-day piracy.