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  1. Indian Navy repulses attack, arrests 23 pirates

    New Delhi In another successful anti-piracy operation, Navy warship on Saturday repulsed an attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden and nabbed 23 Somali and Yemeni sea brigands, in a show of resolve to weed out the menace that affected maritime trade in the region.

    The pirates on two speed boats had surrounded the merchant vessel flying the Ethiopian flag around noon, when INS Mysore warship intervened and warded off the attack, Navy spokesperson said.


    The pirates had fired at the merchant vessel with their small arms, when it sent out a rescue call and the Indian warship, which was sailing nearby moved its Marine Commandos on a helicopter to help the distressed cargo vessel, he said.

    The attack took place about 150 nautical miles off Aden and INS Mysore was about 13 nautical miles away from the merchant vessel when it picked up the SOS call.

    The Navy flew its Marine Commandos on helicopters to the scene of the pirate attack and rescued the ship. MV Gibe was later escorted to safety, he added.

    The Naval commandos also boarded the pirates' boats and seized seven AK-47 assault rifles, two other rifles, a grenade launcher and 13 fully loaded magazines of ammunition from the 12 Somali and 11 Yemeni pirates on board the two pirate boats.

    Looks like the turbanite navy are up to the task.
  2. More power to 'em!
  3. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    Look a bit further than this, I think India is quietly announcing that the Indian Ocean is their lake.
  4. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    It's a shame their ROE is not more 'robust', but goood on them anyway.
  5. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    I worked with the Indian Navy in 2004 and again in 2006, very proffesional bunch. They tend to base their Navy on ours circa 1985 with similar rank structure, training etc. Basically after the cold war they bought a lot of our unwanted ships and a lot of Ivan's unwanted ships so they have very strong influences from both. They also utilise Russian and British weaponry making them pretty awesome if you ask me.

    Shame about the curry for breakfast everyday.
  6. Not quite..

    The first time the Indian Navy turned up to sort out some pirates, the pirates were stupid enough to open up on the MYSORE.

    MYSORE replied in kind. One dhow and contents sent to Davy Jones' Locker.

    Robust enough? I think so!
  7. and what's wrong with that? :D
  8. Ahem. Sadly that boat turned out to have the innocent 14-man Thai(?) crew still on board as well.

    Indian navy is a bit of a hodge-podge, some very modern kit, others rather ancient (they're still running the old Hermes, FFS!). No nuclear subs yet but looking to rent Akulas from Russia.
  9. Jane’s Fighting Ships, 1990 / 91 had the Indians with a couple of SSN: Ex-Soviet Charlies, I think...

    Ooh! My anorak? How kind...
  10. They did rent a 'Charlie' about then but handed it back. The 'Akula' India is planning to rent now is the one that had a major freon incident a few weeks back, killing 30-40 crew and contractors.

    I'll see your anorak and raise you a fur-lined snorkel jacket and a pair of NHS specs...
  11. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    The Charlies were known as Chernobyl-class.