The Indian Navy has thwarted a piracy attempt in the Gulf of Aden saving the 85,000-tonne bulk carrier, MV Jag Amar, from the clutches of armed pirates.
Navy spokesperson Capt DK Sharma said in New Delhi, that INS Trishul, which is on anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden, received a distress call over open radio yesterday and it launched a helicopter from its deck carrying marine commandos.
He said the helicopter closed in on the MV Jag Amar, an India registered carrier, and a small high-speed skiff used by the 12 armed pirates was intercepted. The special forces of the Navy recovered an AK-47 and ladders.
The cargo ship MV Jag Amar was on its way to Jubail, Saudi Arabia when the piracy attempt was made.
the spokesman said all 26 Indian crew onboard the Indian ship were safe.