Indian Navy’s piracy success
Indian Navy lauds its own success.
Coast is clear: Pirates in retreat after Navy increases patrolling
The Western Naval Command (WNC), which is based in the city, says it has achieved a major success in combating pirates. The Navy announced that intensive patrolling in Gulf of Aden and off the Somalia coast has led to pirates shifting bases.
The two locations are important sea lanes for trade. The WNC controls the anti-piracy operations. Currently, INS Trishul, extensively patrols the seas at these locations and is the pivot of the missions. On December 3, aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya along with several other warships took part in patrolling Gulf of Aden and the Somalia coast. Last year, there were four attacks by pirates in Gulf of Aden and three off Somalia seas. The Navy has so far escorted 3,000 merchant vessels to safety and foiled piracy attacks on 46 ships at other locations.
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