After INS Tabar, it is now the turn of Guided Missile Destroyer INS Mysore (D 60) to take on Somali pirates. Today (December 13), Indian Navy Ship Mysore during piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden has successfully prevented piracy attack on MV Gibe, Ethiopian flagged vessel. Also, INS Mysore arrested 23 pirates with deadly weapons and captured two pirate boats.
Read the full story from Press Information Bureau press release dated December 13:
INS Mysore is currently in the Gulf of Aden for Anti-Piracy Patrol Operations which are being conducted under the control of the Western Naval Command. Whilst escorting merchant vessels in the Gulf of Aden, the ship received a distress call on MMB Channel 16 from MV Gibe (Ethiopian Flag) at about 1100 hours on 13 Dec 08. MV Gibe reported that she was under attack by two boats closing her and firing small arms. MV Gibe opened retaliatory fire with small arms that were held onboard the vessel. The position reported by the merchant vessel was 13 nautical miles from Mysore at that time. The ship altered course to close MV Gibe and also launched her integral armed helicopter.
On sighting the helicopter and Mysore, the boats disengaged from MV Gibe and attempted escape. Mysore closed the vessels and ordered them to stop. The larger boat was a dhow was of green colour and 8-10m in length. It had taken the second smaller boat (a skiff) under tow. Subsequently, the name of the dhow was identified as ‘Salahaddin’, Hull No 758(2).
The dhow was boarded at 1230h by the ship’s Marine Commandos and a search carried out. 23 personnel (12 Somali and 11 Yemeni) surrendered on boarding. The search of dhow revealed a substantial cache of arms and equipment, including seven AK-47 and three other automatic rifles, along with thirteen loaded magazines; a rocket-propelled grenade-launcher along with rockets, cartridges and grenades; as many as three Outboard Motors (OBMs), a GPS Receiver, etcetera.
The personnel, arms, ammunition and equipment have been taken into custody by INS Mysore and will be handed over to appropriate authorities ashore and the ship will return to her patrol-duties.
Here is a photograph of INS Mysore (Image credit U.S.Navy)
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Posts in MarineBuzz on this day a year before:
Update: December 13
A video clip covering the operation is at The Times of India.
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