Indian Navy Swiftly Responds to Hijacking Attempt in Arabian Sea

Mumbai, January 5, 2024: The Indian Navy’s Mission Deployed platforms demonstrated swift response to a maritime incident in the Arabian Sea involving a hijacking attempt on a Liberia-flagged bulk carrier. The vessel had reported a boarding incident by approximately five to six unknown armed individuals on the evening of January 4, 2024, through the UKMTO portal.


Responding promptly to the unfolding situation, the Indian Navy launched a Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and diverted INS Chennai, already deployed for Maritime Security Operations, to assist the targeted vessel.


In the early morning of January 5, 2024, the MPA conducted a flyover of the vessel and established contact, confirming the safety of the crew on board. Ongoing surveillance by naval aircraft is actively monitoring the vessel’s movements, and INS Chennai is approaching to provide necessary assistance.


The overall situation is under close monitoring, with coordination between the Indian Navy and other agencies/Maritime Security Forces in the area.


The Indian Navy reiterates its unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety of merchant shipping in the region, collaborating with international partners and friendly foreign countries. This rapid and coordinated response underscores the Navy’s dedication to maintaining maritime security and safeguarding vessels from potential threats.


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