Indian Navy’s offshore patrol vessel, INS Sharda on Wednesday afternoon stopped a piracy attempt on bulk carrier MV Lord Mountbatten in Gulf of Aden, reported news agency ANI. According to a report published by the Indian Express, a media statement was released by the Navy in which it stated that at 16.54 hours, INS Sharda received a distress call from MV Lord Mountbatten in position 230 NM (nautical miles) south-west of Salalah.
In this call, the vessel reported a piracy attempt by two suspicious mother vessels along with 7-8 skiffs. Sharda which was at that time 30 NM east of the reported position immediately responded to the distress call and proceeded at best speed to investigate the incident. A video was posted by the news agency ANI on its Twitter handle that shows the entire incident. However, FinancialExpress.com cannot verify the authenticity of the video.
Watch the video here:
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 17, 2017
As per the report by The Indian Express, INS Sharda arrived at the spot at 1900 hours where it detected eight skiffs in vicinity, three of which fled the area at high speed on sighting the warship. Indian Navy’s ‘Marco’s’ boarding team, with the support of the armed helicopter from the ship, investigated the dhows and their skiffs by conducting board and search operations, the report added.
The absence of any fishing gear onboard the two dhows slashed remaining five skiffs indicated malicious intent and possible piracy linked intentions.