Indian Navy foils piracy attempt off Salalah coast
An Indian Navy patrol ship, the INS Sharda, foiled a piracy attempt in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday. On May 16, at about 4.45pm, INS Sharda received a distress call from MV Lord Mountbatten (a Liberia registered ship), 230nm southwest of Salalah.
On arriving in the area by about 7pm, INS Sharda detected two dhows along with eight skiffs in vicinity, three of which fled the area at high speeds on sighting the warship. Indian Navy’s MARCOS (Marine Commandos), with support of the armed helicopter from the ship investigated the dhows and their skiffs. Navy commandos recovered a hidden high calibre AKM rifle and one filled magazine. No fishing gear was found on any boat.
Glen Forbes, a former Royal Navy officer and founder of OCEANUSLive told Muscat Daily, “The Indian Navy warship INS Sharda’s actions in boarding dhows and skiffs, the Indian Navy’s 41st intervention since commencing operations in 2008, underscores its determination to fill the operational gap.” OCEANUSLive stated that INS Sharda has been deployed for anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden since April 6.