In a significant maritime success, the Indian Navy’s warship, INS Sumitra, successfully executed a rescue operation, saving 19 Pakistani nationals from armed Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. The operation involved thwarting a hijacking attempt on the Iranian-flagged fishing vessel Al Naeemi, sailing off the East Coast of Somalia.
This commendable achievement comes as part of the INS Sumitra’s relentless efforts in anti-piracy operations. The vessel also recently secured the Iranian-flagged fishing vessel Iman from Somali pirates, demonstrating the Navy’s commitment to maritime security.
The Indian Navy, in less than 36 hours, displayed swift and persistent efforts, rescuing a total of 36 crew members (17 Iranian and 19 Pakistani) and successfully thwarting piracy attempts in the Southern Arabian Sea, approximately 850 nautical miles west of Kochi.
The INS Sumitra, an indigenous offshore patrol vessel, utilized coercive posturing and effective deployment of its integral helicopter and boats to ensure the safe release of the crew and the fishing vessel. The Navy’s spokesperson announced this accomplishment on January 30, which was widely reported on social media.
This successful rescue operation reinforces the Indian Navy’s dedication to addressing maritime threats and ensuring the safety of mariners and vessels at sea. It highlights the Navy’s responsiveness to evolving situations and its continuous efforts to maintain security in the region.
In a separate incident, the Indian Navy’s guided missile destroyer, INS Visakhapatnam, exhibited promptness in responding to a distress call from the MV Genco Picardy, which had encountered a drone attack on January 17. These actions underscore the Indian Navy’s vigilance and commitment to maritime safety.