The Indian Navy Deploys Air Assets to Save a Sinking Chinese Fishing Vessel
In a humanitarian action on 17 May, the Indian Navy deployed its Air Maritime Reconnaissance assets in the Southern Indian Ocean Region approximately 900 nautical miles from India, in response to sinking of a Chinese Fishing Vessel Lu Peng Yuan Yu 028 with 39 crew onboard.
The crew includes nationals from China, Indonesia and the Philippines. P8I aircraft have carried out multiple and extensive searches despite adverse weather and located multiple objects possibly belonging to the sunken vessel. As an immediate response, SAR equipment was deployed at the scene by the Indian aircraft on request of PLA(N) ships closing the area. In a display of India’s obligations as a credible and responsible partner for ensuring safety at sea, the Indian Navy units also coordinated SAR efforts with other units in the area and guided the PLA(N) warships transiting to the scene of the incident.
“The Indian Navy continues to remain deployed to provide all possible assistance to the ongoing SAR efforts,” the Indian Navy said.