The Indian Navy’s commitment to maritime security in the Indian Ocean was on full display today as warship INS Sumitra successfully rescued a hijacked Iranian vessel and its crew from pirates.
Deployed on anti-piracy operations along the east coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, INS Sumitra responded swiftly to a distress call from the Iranian-flagged fishing vessel Iman after it was boarded by pirates.
“INS Sumitra, on anti-piracy operations along the East Coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, responded to a distress message regarding hijacking of an Iranian-flagged Fishing Vessel Iman. The vessel had been boarded by pirates and the crew was taken as hostages,” said Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal.
Taking decisive action, INS Sumitra intercepted the vessel and followed established procedures to compel the pirates to release the crew and the boat unharmed. The operation was a success, with all 17 crew members and the vessel itself secured.
“The vessel was subsequently sanitised and released for onward transit,” Madhwal added. “Mission deployed Indian naval ships on anti-piracy and maritime security operations in the Indian Ocean region symbolises the Indian Navy’s resolve towards safety of all vessels and seafarers at sea.”
This prompt and effective intervention by the Indian Navy highlights its vital role in maintaining maritime security in the region and protecting seafarers from the threat of piracy. The successful rescue of the Iranian vessel and its crew is a testament to the Indian Navy’s skill, professionalism, and unwavering commitment to ensuring safe passage for all on the high seas.