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SOURCE: AFI

In a swift and decisive operation, the Indian Navy warship INS Sumitra, while deployed on anti-piracy patrol in the East Coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, successfully rescued all 17 crew members of a hijacked Iranian fishing vessel. The incident, showcasing India’s commitment to ensuring maritime security in the region, highlights the vital role the Navy plays in combating piracy and protecting innocent lives.

Early reports alerted INS Sumitra to a distress message from the Iranian fishing vessel (FV) Iman. Pirates had boarded the vessel, taking the crew hostage and threatening their lives. Acting swiftly, INS Sumitra intercepted the FV and initiated established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to coerce the pirates into releasing the hostages and surrendering the vessel.

The Indian Navy crew, with their extensive experience in anti-piracy operations, employed a combination of tactical maneuvers, communication strategies, and demonstrations of force to pressure the pirates. Their professionalism and unwavering resolve ensured the safety of the crew remained the top priority throughout the operation.

The resolute actions of INS Sumitra bore fruit, as the pirates eventually relented and released all 17 crew members unharmed. The FV was then meticulously sanitized to ensure the absence of any hidden threats before being released to continue its onward journey.

This successful operation reaffirms India’s commitment to combating piracy and guaranteeing safe passage for merchant vessels and fishing boats in the region. The Indian Navy’s presence serves as a beacon of hope and security for countless seafarers traversing these treacherous waters, deterring piracy and upholding the rule of law on the high seas.