Indian Navy rescues 23 Pakistani nationals from Somali pirates in Arabian Sea

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New Delhi: In a daring and dramatic 12-hour-long operation on March 29, 2024, the Indian Navy showcased its tactical prowess by rescuing 23 Pakistani nationals from the clutches of Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. The rescue mission unfolded when the Indian Navy warship INS Sumedha intercepted the hijacked vessel, FV Al-Kambar, which was under the control of armed pirates. Quickly joined by the guided missile frigate INS Trishul, the Indian naval forces initiated negotiations with the pirates, leading to their peaceful surrender without any bloodshed.

Following the apprehension of the pirates, specialized Indian Naval teams conducted thorough checks on the FV Al-Kambar to ensure its seaworthiness before escorting it to a secure location for the crew to resume their fishing activities.

In a separate incident, the Indian Navy responded swiftly to a potential piracy attack on an Iranian fishing vessel, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to safeguarding maritime activities and protecting seafarers of all nationalities. With recent successful operations against piracy attacks, including intercepting the pirate ship Ruen, the Indian Navy’s actions underscore India’s resolve to combat piracy and uphold international maritime laws.

According to the media reports, the vessel was attacked by nine armed pirates when the ship was approximately 90 Nm southwest of Socotra.

The Indian Navy’s decisive actions in rescuing hostages and combating piracy proved their strategic capabilities and commitment to maintaining maritime security in the region, ensuring the safety of all those navigating through these challenging waters.

The hijacked fishing vessel was intercepted on March 29.”Indian Navy remains committed to ensuring maritime security in the region and safety of seafarers, irrespective of nationalities,” the statement added.

This is not the first time that the Indian Navy has rescued any ship in the waters of the Arabian Sea, earlier they carried out several high-octane operations against piracy attacks. At the start of this month, the Indian Navy intercepted the under-attack pirate ship Ruen, sailing almost 2600 km from the shores of the Indian Coast, and forced the pirate ship to stop through calibrated actions.

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