An Indian warship, stealth frigate INS Trishul, foiled a piracy attempt on an
Indian merchant vessel Jag Amar in a swift operation by deploying an armed
helicopter and marine commandos in the Gulf of Aden on October 7.
The 4,000-tonne multi-role INS Trishul, with its Chetak helicopter and
marine commandos, swung into action after receiving the distress call from
Indian-flagged bulk cargo carrier Jag Amar, which had 26 Indians on board,
Even as the first batch of the commandos reached the cargo vessel on the
Chetak helicopters, the second team boarded her after setting sail from INS
Trishul on their inflatable boat. The 12 pirates gave up without a fight,"
said an officer.
"One AK-47 assault rifle, with 27 rounds in a magazine, and other
piracy triggers like grapnels, ladders, ropes, fuel drums and other equipment
were seized from them. After disarming the pirates the pirates were let off in
their skiff on the high seas.
MV Jag Amar subsequently resumed its journey to Jubail, Saudi Arabia, in
the evening after being sanitised by the commandos," he added. Piracy
continues to be rampant off Africa's East coast, with pirates venturing deep
into the Arabian Sea to hunt for merchant vessels and oil tankers, despite
international efforts to curb the menace.