“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.”
The suspected pirate vessels were under surveillance since Friday and the Indian Navy had dispatched a fleet of armed marine vessels to raid the vessels and verify the antecedents of those on board, according to Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area (FOCGA) Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai.
Attacks by Somali pirates on two cargo ships in the Gulf of Aden were thwarted by an Indian Navy warship last week, navy officers said here Monday.
The first batch of Indians evacuated from the strife-torn north African nation of Libya will land here in a special Air India flight close to midnight Saturday, officials said, while three Indian warships set sail to Libya to help in the evacuation of the 18,000 Indians in the country.
Indian Navy and Coast Guard vessels captured a pirate mother ship, complete with buccaneers and hostages, after a firefight around a 100 nautical miles off Kavaratti in Lakshadweep, in the early hours of Sunday.
British Muslims are traveling to Somalia for ‘jehadi tourism’ to get training for terrorist attacks in Britain, secret US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks have revealed.
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 dhow, al Musa, was on its way to the Persian Gulf and was crewed by fourteen Indian sailors. It is home-ported at Mandvi in Gujarat.
The latest attempt took place on Wednesday when the guided missile destroyer was tasked with escorting six merchant vessels with an assortment of 40 Indians among the 147 crew aboard the ships.
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.