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Indian Navy sinks pirate 'mother ship'

November 19, 2008
In a first major offensive to neutralise the threat of sea piracy off Somalia coast, the Indian Navy has sunk a 'mother ship' of a group of pirates during a fierce battle in the Gulf of Aden.

The pro-active operation from the Navy warship INS Tabar comes a week after it saved two merchant vessels from sea pirates in the Gulf of Aden near the Horn of Africa.

The Navy said the stealth frigate, currently deployed there for anti-piracy surveillance and patrol operations, had successfully sorted out the pirates last evening 285 nautical miles south west off Salalah in Oman.

Image: Indian warship INS Tabar rescuing Jag Arnav from pirates in the Gulf of Aden on November 18. The warship was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden in October after a spate of hijackings off the coast of Somalia.
Text & Photograph: PTI

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