Indian Navy foils another piracy attempt

Mumbai, Nov 12 (IANS) Indian Navy ships INS Veer and INS Delhi and marine commandos have foiled a piracy attempt on a merchant vessel in the Arabian Sea, an official said Friday.

‘At about 6 a.m. Nov 11, about 450 nautical miles west of Mumbai, merchant ship MV BBC Orinoco with a crew of 14 (five Ukrainian and nine Filipinos) reported being attacked by pirates,’ a defence spokesperson said.

‘The crew locked themselves in the ship’s engine room and the steering compartment and communicated with their agents, UK MTO Dubai via email,’ he added.

Dubai, then, intimated the Indian Navy for assistance.

‘On receipt of this information, the Indian Navy promptly detached one of its missile corvettes, INS Veer, to intercept the distressed vessel and also sailed a capital ship, INS Delhi with a team of Marine Commandos (MARCOS) embarked,’ the spokesperson said.

One of the navy’s long range maritime patrol aircraft was also deployed for aerial surveillance.

The Indian Coast Guard, too, also responded.

The naval forces, which arrived at the scene at daybreak, instantly took steps to rescue the crew.

‘MARCOS slithered onto the merchant ship from a Sea King helicopter and took the crew, who were locked in compartments, to safety, while the helicopter provided airborne fire support,’ the spokesperson said.

MV BBC Orinoco is a general cargo carrier registered in the twin Caribbean Sea island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

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