Indian Navy thwarted a piracy attempt by armed pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Friday.
The piracy attempt was made on the Indian ship MV Jag Amar at 12:30 pm and the INS Trishul, which was on an anti-piracy deployment in the region, responded immediately, Navy spokesperson Capt D K Sharma said. He added that all 26 Indian crew onboard the Indian ship were safe.
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Special Forces team board the INS Trishul stopped twelve armed pirates from attacking 85,000-tonne bulk carrier MV Jag Amar.
“Pirate attack on ship flying Indian flag thwarted by Indian navy vessel Trishul in Gulf of Aden,” Indian Navy said.
The Indian flagged merchant vessel travelling in the Gulf of Aden was under threat after pirates boarded the vessel.
Capt Sharma said an AK 47, one magazine with 27 rounds, grapnels, ropes, fuel drums and ladders were recovered during the operation.
The Indian Navy has been actively engaged in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, a key shipping route near the southern tip of the Red Sea between Somalia and Yemen.
In April, the India and Chinese navies had rescued a merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden after it was hijacked by Somali pirates.