The pirates on three speed boats had surrounded MV Gibe and had fired a couple of rounds at the ship with their rifles, when it sent out a distress signal, he said.
INS Mysore, a 6,900-tonne destroyer of the Delhi class, was about 13 nautical miles from the beleaguered cargo ship and it rushed its marine commandos on a helicopter to the merchant vessel.
The naval commandos launched an attack on the two pirate boats and the outlaws fled from the scene abandoning their effort to hijack the merchant vessel.
Soon after, the naval helicopter chased the speed boats.
Image: A second team of marine commandos joins the operation.
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