Indian Navy's INS Chennai Rescues All Crew Members Of Hijacked Ship MV Lila Norfolk Off Somalia Coast

The Indian Navy's INS Chennai has rescued all Indians on board the hijacked ship MV Lila Norfolk off the Somalia coast.
Indian Navy's INS Chennai Rescues All Crew Members Of Hijacked Ship MV Lila Norfolk Off Somalia Coast
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All crew members, including 15 Indians, aboard the hijacked vessel MV Lila Norfolk on Friday, have been rescued. Indian Navy Marine Commandos are conducting sanitisation operations in other areas of the ship, news agency ANI reported citing officials.

Citing Defense officials, ANI reported that Indian Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar issued directives to the Indian warships operating in the Arabian Sea to take the strictest possible action against the pirates. Four Indian Navy warships are mission deployed in the Arabian Sea to deter attacks on merchant ships in the region.

Earlier in a statement, the Navy said it has taken immediate action by deploying a warship and a maritime surveillance aircraft in the Arabian Sea, in response to the reported hijacking of the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel, MV Lila Norfolk.

According to reports, MV Lila Norfolk transmitted a distress signal through the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) portal, indicating that a group of five to six armed individuals had boarded the ship on Thursday evening. Indian Navy officials have stated that they are closely coordinating with other regional maritime agencies to monitor the situation.

In an official statement, the Indian Navy confirmed its prompt action, stating, "The Indian Navy swiftly deployed a maritime surveillance aircraft and redirected INS Chennai, which was on a maritime security mission, to assist MV Lila Norfolk." The statement further mentioned that the aircraft made contact with the vessel early on Friday morning, confirming the safety of the crew on board.

The UKMTO, a British military organisation responsible for monitoring vessel movements in strategic waterways, constantly tracked the situation. This incident adds to a series of maritime security breaches observed in critical waterways in recent weeks.

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Indian Navy's INS Chennai Rescues All Crew Members Of Hijacked Ship MV Lila Norfolk Off Somalia Coast

Earlier incidents include a drone attack on the Liberian-flagged MV Chem Pluto, carrying 21 Indian crew members, off India's western coast on December 23. Additionally, a commercial oil tanker en route to India experienced a suspected drone strike in the Southern Red Sea on the same day, with 25 Indian crew members on board. Another notable incident involved the hijacking of the Malta-flagged MV Ruen by pirates on December 14.

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