An Indian Navy helicopter provided air cover to a boarding party from a Chinese Naval Ship to sanitize a merchant vessel that had been take over by pirates in the Gulf of Aden early today.
A distress call was received from a foreign merchant vessel MV OS 35 (Tuvalu registered vessel), which was attacked and boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden late night on 08 April. Indian Navy ships Mumbai, Tarkash, Trishul and Aditya proceeding on deployment to the Mediterranean and passing through the Gulf of Aden, responded to the call and rapidly closed in on the merchant vessel by the early hours of 09 April.
The Indian warships established contact with the captain of the merchant vessel, who along with the crew had locked themselves in a strong room on board (citadel), as per standard operating procedure. An Indian Navy helicopter undertook aerial reconnaissance of the merchant vessel at night, and at sunrise, to sanitize the upper decks of the merchant ship and ascertain the location of pirates, if still on board.
Emboldened by Indian Navy's helicopter cover, and on receiving the 'all clear signal' that no pirates were visible on the upper decks, some crew members gradually emerged from the strong room and carried out a search of the ship and ascertained that the pirates had fled the ship at night.
Subsequently, in a show of international maritime cooperation against piracy, a boarding party from the nearby Chinese Navy ship went on board the merchant ship, while the Indian Naval helicopter provided air cover for the operation.
It has been established that all 19 Filipino crew members are safe, an Indian MoD statement said today.
China and many other nations have requested Iran to train their marine and commando task forces for anti-piracy missions. "Given our forces' power and preparedness and the type of our trainings, other countries, including China, have demanded us to train them how to repel pirate attacks against their ships," Commander of Army Marine Training Base in Northern Iran Second Admiral Alireza Bayati said
Together with the French Navy, DCNS conducted three demonstrations of its POLARIS mission system and the interoperable NIDL tactical data link solution. These tests took place in the coastal waters of the Gulf of Guinea, an area in which over one quarter of worldwide acts of piracy are concentrated
A sophisticated electronic early warning system aimed at combating soaring levels of piracy on the high seas has been developed by engineers at BAE Systems. The company is working in partnership with major ship owners, to assess commercial requirements in order to create the most effective solution to this increasing threat to maritime security
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MANAMA, Bahrain --- The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) established Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) Jan. 8 specifically for counter-piracy operations
Indian Naval Ship Trishul on Friday foiled a piracy attempt on an Indian merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden, Indian Navy said. All 26 Indian crew on board the Indian ship are safe
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