Indian, Chinese navies rescue merchant ship in Gulf of Aden

Barely a week after an Indian dhow with 11 crew members was hijacked by Somali pirates, Indian and Chinese navies joined hands to save a Tuvalu-flagged container ship with 19 Filipino crew members from a pirate attack late on Saturday night in the Gulf of Aden, an official said here on Sunday.

Responding to an alert from UK Maritime Trade Organisation (UKMTO), the Indian Navy deployed its warships INS Mumbai, INS Trishul, INS Aditya and INS Tarkash which were on a mission to the Mediterranean, to help the 21,000-ton bulk cargo carrier, named ‘MV OS-35’, sailing from Port Klang in Malaysia to Port of Aden, in Yemen.

Early on Sunday, the Indian naval ships managed to establish contact with the container ship’s captain who, along with his crew members, had locked themselves in a strongroom onboard, as per stand operating procedures. Read more

Credits:economictimes.indiatimes.com

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