Discussion in 'Indian Navy' started by nitesh, May 2, 2009.
Let's put together efforts of different navies in thwarting out the piracy across the globe
The Hindu : National : Another naval ship heads for Seychelles
Marcos in action
INS Talwar prevents pirate attack
INS Talwar has prevented a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden. Two pirates were killed and six captured as helicopter fired.
INS Talwar was escorting three merchant ships.
Pirates were climbing ladder onto ship when armed Chetak with Marcos opened fire and thwarted the attack.
Navy foils pirate attack in Gulf of Aden
NEW DELHI: The Navy said on Friday it had thwarted a pirate attack on a Liberian-registered vessel with 10 Indian crew members in the Gulf of Aden. ( Watch )
A naval ship responded to a distress call from the MV Maud on Thursday after it reported a small boat carrying eight armed personnel approaching it at high speed, a Navy statement said.
The warship's helicopter fired warning shots at the pirates attempting to board the vessel. "The pirates were then observed disengaging from the merchant ship and two pirates who were in the process of climbing (aboard) the merchant vessel fell into the water," it said.
The helicopter crew overtook the pirates' boat and confiscated weapons and other equipment before escorting the MV Maud through the Gulf of Aden. A Naval spokesman said the fate of pirates was not immediately known.
The warship was patrolling the region as part of anti-piracy operations in the lawless waters off Somalia. Calls for concerted international action to combat piracy have risen as attacks off Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden have escalated.
Piracy watchdogs say there have been 114 attempted hijackings so far this year, compared with 111 during the whole of 2008.
Umm, is it our navy? And which warship exactly? (I didn't see the attached video) What a shitty reporting. If it isn't ours, move the thread please.
Indian Navy thwarts piracy attempt
An Indian Naval Ship, which is currently in the Gulf of Aden for anti piracy surveillance and patrol operations foiled a daring piracy attempt on Liberian registered merchant vessel MV Maud on 28 May 09. The Indian warship had earlier commenced an eastbound escort of merchant vessels including MV Maud AM 27 May 09.
At about 1250 h on 28 May 09, MV Maud with an Indian Master and nine Indian crew, reported a skiff manned by eight armed personnel approaching her at high speed. The position of the incident was approximately 225 nm east of Aden.
The Indian warship immediately responded to the distress call and advised the vessel to increase speed and carry out evasive manoeuvres to avoid getting boarded. Simultaneously, the warship launched her helicopter with Marine Commandoes embarked and started closing the distressed vessel at best speed. The helicopter saw two personnel on a ladder attempting to board the vessel from the bow. The visibility being low, it was possible that the pirates may not have sighted the warship and the helicopter. The helicopter had to, therefore, resort to firing warning shots to deter the pirates from boarding the ship. The pirates were then observed to disengage from the merchant ship and two pirates who were in the process of climbing the merchant vessel fell into the water. A boarding party from the warship, thereafter, boarded the skiff and confiscated various weapons as well as equipment used by the pirates.
Since, further piracy attacks were possible due to the low visibility prevailing in the area, the warship proceeded with full dispatch to continue with her escort mission, as warships from other countries had arrived on the scene for any follow up action. The three merchant ships are presently being escorted safely through the Gulf of Aden.
The Indian warship effectively averted the piracy attempt just in time by prompt and timely action. This has been much appreciated by the owners, crew and officers of the merchant vessel. From available records, it is appreciated that this may be the first instance of a piracy attempt being thwarted when the pirates were actually in the process of boarding a merchant ship.
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14 Indian sailors rescued from Somali pirates
Last Updated: 2009-06-14 22:16:03
Dubai: Fourteen Indian sailors, taken hostage and beaten by heavily-armed Somali pirates for 10 days, have been rescued by a NATO warship off the coast of Somalia after their dhow was released.
Captain of 'Vishvakalyan' Ismail Abdurehman said the pirates attacked the dhow which carried a shipment of charcoal from Brava, south of Mogadishu, to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates on June 3.
Somali pirates hone their tactics
Firing in the air, six pirates armed with AK-47s and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher approached the dhow in a high-speed skiff and forced the vessel to stop.
Two more skiffs with a dozen more pirates joined the attack. On board, the pirates beat the sailors from Gujarat.
The crew were kept prisoners for 10 days somewhere near Hobyo, north of Mogadishu on the Somali coast.
The pirates stripped the crew of their clothes, took away their mobile phones, radios and presents they were taking back to India for their families.
London emerges as intelligence hub of Somali pirates
"They stole our shampoo, trousers and shirts," Jusab said.
Captain Abdurehman said the pirates stole all the dhow's food. Only three chickens and a cat were left on board.
"They hit the crew all over, on the head, everywhere," Alison Bevege, an Australian journalist on board a Portuguese warship patrolling for pirates in the waters off Somalia, quoted Abdurehman as saying.
14 Indian sailors rescued from Somali pirates
Monsoon helps fight Somali pirates
IAF may use fighters against pirates.
IAF may use fighters against pirates.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) may deploy fighter jets for carrying out anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, a top IAF official revealed on Wednesday.
IAF Vice-Chief Air Marshal P.K. Barbora said the air force could be called upon to support anti-piracy operations off the Somalian coast to deal with the expanding footprint of the pirates.
“If the swatch becomes any bigger, the navy may not be able to cover the entire area due to constraints of speed and vessels. This is when the IAF may be asked to offer help,” said Barbora, on the first-ever Indo-Oman air exercise, codenamed Eastern Bridge, from October 22-29.
He said, “We may not necessarily employ firepower... we can send fighters to carry out patrols (over pirate-infested waters). The Sukhoi-30 has great endurance.”
He said the war games could prove beneficial with regard to any future deployment in anti-piracy operations, taking into accounting Oman’s geographical location.
The IAF is flying six Jaguars, two IL-78 midair refuelers and 136 personnel to the Thumrait airbase in southern Oman for the exercise.
The ambit of the exercise will encompass live firing, operations in desert terrain and integrated air-to-ground missions.
The Royal Air Force of Oman is the only other air force in the world to operate the Jaguars. It also operates F-16s.
IAF may use fighters against pirates- Hindustan Times
Does that mean, an airbase is available to us in the Middle East(Oman)?
No it should be part of the Exercise deployment.
IAF preparing to join anti-piracy operations in Gulf
14 Oct 2009, 1652 hrs IST
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is gearing up to join future anti-piracy operations in Gulf of Aden and is holding the first-ever exercise with Omanese Air Force this month to get experience in operating fighter aircraft there. "The IAF may be called upon to conduct aerial surveillance of the swathe of the Gulf of Aden region, where pirates are widening their area of operations fast,” IAF vice chief Air Marshal P K Barbora told reporters in New Delhi.
Joining the anti-piracy operations would not mean the IAF would unleash an offensive against the sea brigands, but would carry out surveillance of the vast area that the Navy would be unable to cover due to "speed and manpower" constraints, Barbora said. "With our (IAF) surveillance capability, we can help the comity of nations fighting the piracy menace there. Navy may not be able to cover the area in terms of speed and number of men. It is not necessary that we use our fire power," he said.
Assuring that the fighter aircraft could perform surveillance role too, the IAF vice chief said with the midair refuelling capability, the fighters' endurance levels to fly for longer hours and patrolling the area increased substantially. The 'Eastern Bridge' air exercise with Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) from October 22 to 29 would focus on achieving jointness and enhancing understanding of operational, maintenance and administrative procedures between the two air forces, he said.
Both India and Oman are the only countries that continue to operate Jaguar air-ground strike fighter fleets and they would bring these jets to the exercise to be held at Thumrait RAFO air base. Six single-seat twin-engine Darin-I Jaguars of the IAF from 16 Cobras and 27 Flaming Arrows squadrons, based in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, would participate alongside the RAFO Jaguars and F-16s.
The IAF would also take two IL-78 mid-air re-fueller for tanking the Jaguars to and fro from Oman and an IL-76 heavy lift aircraft for carrying the 45 officers and 91 airmen there. "The bilateral air exercise would be cost-effective in terms of benefit realisation of operational and tactical preparedness over an unknown mixed terrain of land and desert," Barbora said.
Asked if Oman could support IAF's anti-piracy operations by providing "operational turning around" facility by opening up its airbase for maintenance and fuel, the IAF vice chief replied in the affirmative, saying since the two air forces operated Jaguars, it was possible. However, to another question, he said there was no proposal to have a permanent base there, though RAFO personnel wad being trained at the IAF facilities here in India.
Stating that traditionally Oman had been closer to India than Pakistan, Barbora said the RAFO had on several occasions since early 1980s provided IAF turn-around facilities to transiting military aircraft. "Oman features among IAF's priority-one country listed for defence cooperation. IAF-RAFO cooperation was initiated in 2006 and has increased substantially in the current year," he added.
To a query, Barbora said certain austerity measures were taken and the government had restricted bilateral exercises of IAF to one a year, be it in India or abroad. "This is the general rule. But not that this rule cannot be bent, such as having a trilateral exercise instead of a bilateral one. But still there would be only one exercise a year," he said.
Concerning a joint exercise with Chinese air force, Barbora said IAF would certainly like to interact with Peoples Liberation Army-Air Force (PLA-AF), though there were constraints of language. Asked if there was a request from Iran to hold joint exercise, the IAF vice chief said he was not aware of any such proposal. On the issue of government permission to shoot at Naxalites in self-defence, Barbora said the orders were yet to come.
IAF preparing to join anti-piracy operations in Gulf- TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos
Somali pirates hijack ship with 24 Indians on board - India - The Times of India
Indian Navy has a plan to deal with sea piracy: PC
As Somali pirates seized one more ship carrying 24 Indians, government today said the Indian Navy has a plan to deal with hijacking of vessels on the high seas.
Home Minister P Chidambaram said the Indian Navy has earlier undertaken missions and rescued a number of hijacked ships.
“I think, the Navy has a plan,” he told reporters here when referred to the fresh case of a ship, with 24 Indians on board, being hijacked in Seychelles and asked whether the government was doing anything to beef up security.
He, however, refused to divulge details about the Navy’s plan.
His comments came as Somali pirates hijacked a Panamanian ship ‘MV Al Khaliq’ today, just a week after a vessel with two Indians and some other crew was seized by the sea brigands
Now, Navy joins the war on pirates- TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos
The Navy has decided that it is time India did something to curb piracy in the Indian Ocean. The Indian Navy has commissioned two warships to counter the Somali threat. More than a hundred Indians have been held hostage by Somali pirates in the last one year. Following this, the Indian Navy is slated to deploy two warships near Mauritius and the Seychelles. The mission is to join forces with neighbouring nations and eradicate piracy.
Captain Manohar Nambiar, Chief PRO, Defence (Western Region) said, "We can confirm to you that the Indian Navy now has a presence in that region. We can not speak much about operations there but yes, our ships are into surveillance activities. This is apart from our ship already patrolling the Gulf of Aden."
The INS Tabar, a warship sent last year to counter the pirates of Somalia, will be deployed. Joining the Tabar will be the INS Shardul, a fully armed amphibious ship which can carry more than 500 troops, and the ICGS Varuna, an offshore patrol vessel armed to the teeth. The Varuna can travel 4000 nautical miles at a stretch, enough to go around the world.
TIMES NOW's Correspondent Jugal Purohit reports, "With the Somalian pirates opening up a new front and growing increasingly belligerent towards Indian interests, navy sources tell us, these warships will remain in the region for as long as is required. Not just that, the aim of these ships is to completely disrupt the newly formed theatre of the Somalian pirates with the active assistance of navies of Mauritius and Seychelles."
The Navy is gearing for war against the pirates and not without reason. The government may have been slow in reacting to the Somalian threat, but with this strategic move, the Navy hopes to counter the piracy menace with an iron fist.
Navy augments anti piracy efforts deploys one more ship to patrol off Seychelles and Mauritius
The Indian Navy has deployed INS Savitri, an Offshore Patrol Vessel with a Chetak helicopter and Marine Commandos, for the surveillance of Exclusive Economic Zone of Seychelles and Mauritius from end Nov till early Jan 2010. Savitri will be deployed in close coordination with the ships and aircraft of Seychelles Coast Guard and the Mauritian National Coast Guard. The presence of this ship will help in deterring piracy in these areas.
Over the past few years, incidents of piracy in the Gulf of Aden have increased considerably. More than 174 piracy attempts, involving ships of various nationalities have taken place in the last one year in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia. To deter, dissuade and prevent hijackings in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Navy has deployed one warship continuously in the Gulf of Aden since 23rd Oct 2008. Indian Navy ships have established an enviable reputation in the area and have deterred pirates from hijacking merchant ships on numerous occasions.
As a result of the effectiveness of warship patrols and escorts in the Gulf of Aden, pirates have shifted their attention to the area East of Somalia, also referred to as the Somalia Basin and to the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of Seychelles and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Some of these attacks have taken place nearly 1900 kms from the Somali Coast, making these waters dangerous for all sea farers, thereby seriously affecting the safety of International trade and commerce transiting through these waters.
INS Talwar thwarts piracy attempt off Gulf of Aden
07 December 2009
New Delhi: The Indian Navy on Monday thwarted a piracy attempt on a Norwegian-flagged tanker off the Gulf of Aden, an official said in New Delhi. The Norwegian-flagged tanker 'Nordic Spirit' was fired upon by pirates when she sent out a distress signal. An Indian Navy ship on anti-piracy patrol immediately launched her helicopter which intercepted the pirate boat and prevented any takeover.
INS Talwar The Nordic Spirit' belongs to the Nordic American Tanker company.
Reports said the warship had also arrived in the area. No causalities have been reported.
"As pirates started approaching the Norwegian tanker it sent out a distress message. And we immediately launched a helicopter to thwart the attempt," said an Indian Navy spokesperson.
"The helicopter prevented the piracy attempt, and in the meantime the Indian Navy warship arrived in the area," said the official.
An Indian Navy stealth frigate, INS Talwar has been patrolling the piracy-infested Gulf of Aden since last year and has thwarted several piracy attempts on Indian-flagged ships and vessels of other countries.
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Videos: INS Godavari combats pirates
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
By Saurabh Joshi
Videos: INS Godavari combats pirates | StratPost
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At about 5:30 PM on 19 Dec 09, while proceeding to effect rendezvous with Merchant Ship MV SEAMEC II, Indian Naval Warship deployed in the Gulf of Aden picked up a distress call from MV SANDERLING ACE, of sighting a white skiff (speed boat) approaching her at 20 Knots. MV SANDERLING ACE also raised an alarm on Ship Security Alert System. On receiving the alarm, the Indian Naval Warship immediately launched her Chetak helicopter to intercept the skiff. On sighting the helo, the SKIFF broke off from the merchant vessel. Subsequently, when the helicopter fired warning shots, the SKIFF stopped. Ship thereafter closed the skiff. During the process of investigation by the ship, nothing suspicious was found onboard. The seven pirates in the boat expressed inability to understand any language other than Arabic. As no other piracy triggers were observed, the skiff was released after investigation.
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Indian navy thwarts pirate attack on Greek ship
BY : REUTERS
Indian navy commandos thwarted a suspected Somali pirate attack on the Greek bulk carrier Melina 1 off the Indian coast, East African maritime officials and the Indian navy said on Monday.
Andrew Mwangura, of the East African Seafarers Assistance Programme, said the weekend attack about 200 nautical miles (370 km) west of India’s Lakshwadeep islands closely resembled those of Somali pirates.
“The location seems way outside Somali pirate territory but the unsuccessful attack seems to bear all the hallmarks of Somali pirates — three mother ships, two skiffs,” he told Reuters.
India’s navy confirmed the incident, saying it despatched elite marine commandos, a coastguard vessel and an attack helicopter when it received a distress call from the Malta-flagged vessel during the early hours of Saturday.
“The hijacking attempt was successfully thwarted and we escorted the ship for awhile and she is now safe,” Commander Roy Francis of the Indian navy told Reuters, adding that the team had returned to base.
The navy team was not sure of the identity of the pirates and Somali pirates had not previously been known to attack vessels so close to the Indian territory.
Mwangura said the vessel was transporting coal to India from Ukraine, with a 23-member Ukrainian-Filipino crew.
Somali pirate gangs typically hold hijacked ships for ransom, which often runs into millions of dollars.
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