India Navy rescues merchant vessel from piracy bid

Dhaka,  Wed,  23 August 2017
Published : 17 May 2017, 18:48:51 | Updated : 17 May 2017, 18:58:22

India Navy rescues merchant vessel from piracy bid

India Navy rescues merchant vessel from piracy bid
The Indian Navy rescued on Tuesday Liberian registered merchant vessel M V Lord Mountbatten from piracy attempts in the Gulf of Aden.

"On May 16, at 4:45 p.m., we received a distress call from m v Lord Mountbatten, 230nm southwest of Salalah in the Gulf of Aden. The vessel reported an incident of attempted piracy by two suspicious mother vessels along with seven to eight skiffs," Navy spokesperson Captain D.K. Sharma said on Wednesday.

INS Sharda which was 30nm at that time responded immediately. The ship was deployed for anti-piracy operations since April 06, 2017.

As soon as INS Sharda arrived at the location, three of the skiffs "fled the area at high speed on sighting the warship."

Navy's MARCOS commandos with support of the armed helicopter from the ship investigated the dhows and their skiffs by conducting boat and search operations, Captain Sharma added.

The commandos also fired shots from Light Machine Gun (LMG) on the helicopter following which the suspected pirates surrendered.

The absence of any fishing gear on-board the dhows indicates piracy linked intentions, Navy officials stated.

One high calibre ALM rifle alone with one filled magazine was found hidden on-board one of the dhows which were confiscated. The dhows were let go after that.

(compiled by Rafiqul Islam)

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