“There are close to 140 Private Security Companies operating in the North Indian Ocean, which hire out Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel or PCASP,” said navy chief, Admiral DK Joshi, adding, “It has obvious security implications for us, including infiltration of terrorists.”
South Korea has indicated an interest in joining the Escort Convoy Coordination exercise run by the navies of India, China and Japan to protect merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden against piracy. The original tri-nation coordination began last January and in the first two instances, the Chinese, and then …
For the first time, an Ethiopian and 14 Somalian pirates will face charges under Indian law for attempting to hijack a foreign ship and attacking an Indian naval warship near the Minicoy Isles, off the south-west coast of the country, a police official said Monday.
The Indian Defence Minister Arackaparambil Kurian Antony on Tuesday called for the adoption of ‘cooperative approaches’ for ensuring the security of sea lanes in the Asia-Pacific Region, in his address to the first ASEAN Plus Eight Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) in Hanoi in Vietnam.
The serial commandeering of Indian dhows by pirates in the Arabian Sea around the Gulf of Aden recently, has put the focus on the vulnerability of these vessels to hijack, especially with their flagrant flouting of guidelines, which also facilitates the endangering of other innocent shipping.
The proximity of the country to the Indian island cluster of Lakshadweep makes it important for coastal security. The Maldives can also offer India logistics support and extend the Indian naval footprint and significantly, by offering their facilities, can extend the Indian maritime airspace surveillance capability.
The INS Godavari and the French warship Aconit have rescued an Indian dhow with a crew of 14 Indians after it was hijacked by pirates off Boosaaso in Somali last Friday. Pirates had attempted to use the dhow, the MV Nafeya, crewed by 14 Indians, as a mother-ship for hijacking the VLCC size Liberian tanker MVA Elephant.
The Indian Navy has thwarted a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden. At 1250 hrs local time on Thursday, the INS Talwar, while escorting three merchant vessels, received a distress call from one of the ships, MV Maude, a Liberian-flagged, Norwegian owned vessel with an Indian crew of ten.