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All 21 crew members including 15 Indians evacuated from hijacked ship in north Arabian Sea

INS Chennai, India’s third indigenously designed guided missile destroyer. Picture- Reuters

All 21 crew members, together with 15 Indians, on board a Liberia-flagged bulk provider hijacked within the Arabian Sea had been safely evacuated, the Indian Navy stated Friday, after its marine commandoes intercepted the vessel and carried out sanitation.

“Indian Navy’s swift response to the hijacking attempt of MV Lila Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea. All 21 crew including 15 Indians onboard safely evacuated from the citadel. Sanitisation by MARCOs has confirmed the absence of the hijackers,” Indian Navy spokesperson stated on X.

“The attempt of hijacking by the pirates was probably abandoned with the forceful warning by the Indian Navy MPA of interception by the Indian Naval warship. INS Chennai is in the vicinity of MV and rendering support to restore the power generation & propulsion, and commence her voyage to next port of call,” it added.

The warship INS Chennai was diverted and deployed to help the vessel, the navy stated earlier within the day, including {that a} naval plane flew over the hijacked vessel on Friday and had established contact with it.

The Indian navy has elevated its surveillance of the Arabian Sea after a current spate of assaults within the area.

It stated earlier this week that it had investigated a lot of fishing vessel and boarded vessels of curiosity within the area.

The hijacking of business ships and tried hijackings by suspected pirates close to the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea areas resumed in December after a six-year lull. Specialists consider it is because naval forces led by the U.S. have diverted their consideration to the Pink Sea to thwart Houthi assaults.

Information from the Indian Navy’s Data Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Area reveals no less than three hijackings in December. The earlier such incident was reported in 2017.

“The sudden revival in ship hijacking and attacks can only be attributed to the pirates’ willingness to take advantage of the fact that the focus of anti-piracy maritime forces has largely shifted from the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea,” Abhijit Singh, head of the Maritime Coverage Initiative on the Observer Analysis Basis suppose tank in New Delhi stated.

Earlier this week, the navy stated it had investigated a lot of fishing vessels and boarded vessels of curiosity within the North and Central Arabian Sea.

“India plays the role of a net security provider in the entire Indian Ocean region. We will ensure that maritime trade in this region rises from the sea to the heights of the sky,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated final month of the elevated surveillance within the area.

India is just not a part of the U.S.-led Pink Sea activity drive.

With inputs from companies.

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