Indian Navy Rescues 23 Pakistani Nationals From Hijacked Iranian Fishing Vessel

In its second anti-piracy operation in March, the Indian Navy successfully rescued 23 Pakistani nationals from a hijacked Iranian fishing vessel in the Arabian Sea.

What Happened: The Indian Navy announced the successful closure of a 12-hour-long rescue operation in the Arabian Sea, rescuing an Iranian-flagged fishing vessel, NDTV reported.

“Based on inputs on a potential piracy incident onboard an Iranian Fishing Vessel ‘Al-Kambar’ late evening on March 28, two Indian Naval ships – mission deployed in the Arabian Sea for maritime security operations – were diverted to intercept the hijacked fishing vessel,” the Navy said.

The operation took place nearly 2,600 kilometers off the Indian coast. According to the Indian Navy, nine Somali pirates were involved in the hijacking of the Iranian vessel.

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Two Indian warships – INS Sumedha and INS Trishul – participated in the operation. INS Sumedha was the first to respond to distress calls, and it found the fishing vessel 90 nautical miles off Socotra, a Yemeni island.

Second Anti-Piracy Operation This Month: Earlier this month, the Indian Navy carried out a 40-hour-long anti-piracy operation to rescue MV Ruen.

The Navy rescued 17 crew members of the vessel, which 35 Somali pirates attacked. This rescue involved the warship INS Kolkata, and the Navy para dropped marine commandos from a C-17 aircraft.

All 35 pirates were apprehended and handed over to the local police in Mumbai.

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