INS Kolkata evacuated 17 crew members trapped by Somali pirates

Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata successfully compelled 35 Somali pirates who had hijacked a vessel in the Arabian Sea to surrender and ensured the safe evacuation of 17 crew members on Saturday.

INS Kolkata evacuated 17 crew members trapped by Somali pirates

Earlier, the Indian Navy intercepted the MV Ruen, a hijacked cargo ship, and ordered the Somali pirates onboard to surrender. Navy officials reported that the Marine Commando Force, also known as MARCOS, had boarded the vessel.

The Indian Navy's INS Kolkata carried out the interception of the pirate ship, which was nearly 1,400 nautical miles (2,600 km) away from the Indian coast. The INS Subhadra, HALE RPA, P8I maritime patrol aircraft, and MARCOS PRAHARs air-dropped by a C-17 aircraft were used to force the pirate ship to stop, as per the Indian Navy statement.


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According to officials, a Maltese-flagged bulk cargo vessel that had been hijacked by Somalian pirates on December 14 was recently sanitized for any illegal arms, ammunition, or contraband. On Friday, the pirates opened fire on the Indian Navy in international waters, even after the navy had asked them to surrender and release the vessel and any civilians they might be holding. for the presence of illegal arms, ammunition, and contraband. 


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The Prime Minister has also applauded the Indian Armed Forces for accomplishing this critical task. The elaboration and significance of the Indian Ocean Region have been taken into account to eventually rectify the extremist growth in the region. India holds 40% of the strategic waters and serves as the resident power in the IOR and its littorals.

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