Indian Navy repulses attack on merchant vessel in Gulf of Aden

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New Delhi, Nov 11 (UNI) Flexing its muscle soon after its deployment last month in the region an Indian naval warship repulsed a pirate attack on a merchant vessel of India orgin 'MV Jag Arnav' in the Gulf of Aden this morning.

The attack on the Indian orgin vessel took place around 1030 hrs, according to the Defence Ministry.

Soon after receiving the SOS, an armed helicopter with marine commandoes swooped into action and repulsed the pirates' bid to capture the vessel while it was passing 60 nautical miles East of Aden.

The naval ship later escorted the 38,265 tonne bulk carrier owned by 'The Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd' to safety.

The Indian Navy began its anti-piracy patrols, being carried out in coordination with the Ministry of Shipping, in the Gulf of Aden on October 23, after a spurt piracy attacks in the region.

Besides protecting Indian merchant vessels, as a sizeable portion of the country's trade flows through it, these patrols are also intended to instill confidence in the sea-faring people of the region.

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