Skip to comments.Indian Naval Ship Interdicts Three Pirate Vessels In A Single Operation
Posted on 11/15/2011 9:07:15 AM PST by MBT ARJUN
Indian Naval Ship Sukanya, presently deployed on anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden under the operational control of the Western Naval Command, found herself once again in the thick of things, thwarting a multiple-boat piracy attack on 10 Nov 11.
The ship was escorting a group of five merchant vessels through the IRTC (Internationally Recognised Transit Corridor) when, at about 9:25 in the morning of 10th Nov, she detected a group of five suspicious boats, speedily approaching the merchant vessels of her group. The warship immediately altered towards the suspicious vessels and challenged them. On seeing the resolve evident in the warships action and probably mindful of the reputation for resolute action that the Indian Navy justly enjoys in such deployments, the pirate skiffs reversed course and tried to flee the area. While two of them managed to get away, the Sukanya successfully intercepted the remaining three and carried out well practiced and professionally executed boarding-and-search action.
The three boats had a total of 26 Somali crew onboard. During the operation, six AK 47 rifles, 12 Magazines and about 300 rounds of ammunition were found and confiscated. In addition, the boarding party also found a host of other equipment such as grapnels, ladders and rope-handling gloves all of which confirmed their piratical intent. The timely operation by Sukanya resulted, once again, in foiling the pirates intention of attacking merchant vessels transiting this busy sea lane through which over a hundred Billion Dollars of Indias external trade passes each year. This is the fifth successful anti-piracy operation conducted by Sukanya, in the course of her ongoing patrol mission in the Gulf of Aden, which commenced in September. The ship has, thus far, confiscated a total of 14 AK 47 Rifles, 31 Magazines and 923 rounds of ammunition, thereby ensuring that the Indian Navy retains its standing as a force not to be trifled with, and remains at the forefront of anti-piracy operations, as a critical component of the international effort to curb piracy and ensure the safety and freedom of seaborne trade, even in this highly risk-prone area. Some Pics:-
Why are the two pirates in the front row still armed?
This doesn’t look right. Why are they allowed to hold their weapons? These are staged photos.
Why did they let them hold onto their weapons? Risky.
But I love to see the good guys win one. Nice work, India!
Interdict my ass, these slime balls ought to have their boats shot out from under them and they should be left in the water to drown.
Remember what the Russians did when they “interdicted” a pirate vessel attacking one of their ships? They grabbed all their weapons and told them to get back in their rafts and head back to their boast. While on the way the Russians shot and killed them all and then destroyed their main vessel.
This sort of action effectively reduces the chance of a re occurrence by the pirate filth to zero.
I too scratch my head in wonder as to why these hardened criminals are allowed to live after being caught.
I like the report from last week, when the crew re-took their boat and the pirates “fell” overboard.
I like the way the Navy SEALs deal with pirates better than the way India deals with them.
I don’t know but would guess the weapons are not loaded and they were directed to hold up the weapons as proof that they were pirates. Just a guess.
They have their guns but their ammo clips are gone. Guess there are no fishing rods.
They have only stopped a few of hundreds who are out there lurking and taking ships.
Or, “Shoot, Sharkfood and Shutup”.
Looks like both have had their magazines removed, so the weapons are undoubtedly unloaded and probably just because they look good in the photo.
The idea is to let a few get back home to spread the message.
Dangle them just above the waterline one by one and let the others watch and wait their turn.
Those AK’s are so poorly maintained that they are worthless.
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