Indian Navy commandos MARCOS entered the scene after a distress call was made from the cargo ship claiming that the pirates had taken over the ship. After a 5-hour op, the commandos rescued the ship and all its crew members. It is the third piracy attempt thwarted by Indian Navy in last 6 months.
Navy spokesperson Capt DK Sharma said that a piracy attempt on the 85,000-tonne Indian bulk carrier has been foiled in the Gulf of Aden. Also, Navy's Special Forces, MARCOS, have boarded the vessel and are trying to locate the 12 suspected pirates.
Capt DK Sharma said in New Delhi, that INS Trishul, which is on anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden, received a distress call over open radio yesterday and it launched a helicopter from its deck carrying marine commandos. The special forces of the Navy recovered an AK-47 and ladders.
The cargo ship MV Jag Amar was on its way to Jubail, Saudi Arabia when the piracy attempt was made.
The Indian Navy has been deploying a warship in the waters in and around the Gulf Of Aden since 2008 and has safely escorted hundreds of merchant vessels through these treacherous waters. Indian ships are mandated to prevent piracy and are not mandated for regional law enforcement. The actions taken by the ship are the rationale for the continued deployment of Indian ships for anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.