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Indian Navy rescues 23 Pakistanis from hijacked vessel

This recent operation adds to a series of decisive actions taken by the Indian Navy against piracy threats

Indian Navy rescues 23 Pakistanis from hijacked vessel in anti-piracy mission / @indianavy

The Indian Navy intercepted the hijacked Iranian Fishing Vessel 'Al Kamar 786' on the night of Mar. 29, about 90 nautical miles (104 miles) southwest of Socotra, an island of Yemen in the Indian Ocean.

This operation led to the rescue of 23 Pakistani nationals who were held captive by Somali pirates. The navy's swift response, which included a 12-hour operation, resulted in the surrender of the pirates without a single shot being fired.



The mission was launched following inputs received late on Mar. 28, indicating a potential piracy incident involving the vessel, which had been boarded by nine armed pirates. Upon receiving the intelligence, Two Indian Naval ships, INS Sumedha and INS Trishul, already deployed for maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea, were swiftly diverted to intercept the hijacked vessel.

“Two Indian Naval ships, mission deployed in Arabian Sea for maritime security operations were diverted to intercept the hijacked FV, reported to have been boarded by nine armed pirates," the spokesperson tweeted.

“The hijacked FV has been intercepted on #29Mar 24. The operation is currently underway by the Indian Navy towards rescue of hijacked FV & its crew.

#IndianNavy remains committed to ensuring #maritimesecurity in the region & safety of the seafarers, irrespective of the nationalities.”

Following the interception, the Indian Navy detained the pirates and conducted a thorough sanitization and inspection of the hijacked vessel to ensure its safety for navigation to a designated location.



This recent operation adds to a series of decisive actions taken by the Indian Navy against piracy threats. Earlier this month, the Indian Navy executed a daring operation to intercept the pirate ship Ruen, which was nearly 1600 miles away from the Indian Coast.



Through well-coordinated efforts, INS Kolkata managed to halt the pirate ship, compelling all 35 pirates onboard to surrender after a 40-hour rescue operation. The successful mission resulted in the safe evacuation of 17 crew members from the pirate vessel without any injuries.

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