Watch video: Indian Navy thwarts pirates in daring Red Sea missions, over 110 lives saved

For three months, the Navy maintained relentless surveillance, finally locating MV Ruen off the Somali coast in March.

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New Delhi: The Indian Navy has emerged as a vital guardian in the Red Sea, a critical global trade route facing heightened tensions due to the Israel-Hamas conflict. Since December 2023, Operation Sankalp has seen the Navy conduct a staggering 18 rescue missions in the Arabian Sea, a testament to their unwavering commitment to maritime security.

Neutralizing the pirate mothership

On December 14th, 2023, a Maltese cargo vessel, MV Ruen, sent a distress call after pirates seized control in the Arabian Sea. The Navy swiftly deployed warships and launched a rescue operation, evacuating an injured sailor within four days. However, the pirates steered the vessel towards Somalia, aiming to convert it into a "mothership" for further attacks.

INS Kolkata corners pirate base

For three months, the Navy maintained relentless surveillance, finally locating MV Ruen off the Somali coast in March. In a high-stakes operation, INS Kolkata intercepted the vessel, forcing the surrender of 35 Somali pirates and rescuing 17 hostages. This audacious mission involved a coordinated effort of warships, drones, aircraft, and elite marine commandos (MARCOS PRAHARs).

Indian Navy rescues Pakistani nationals

Following the success with MV Ruen, the Indian Navy continued its vital role. Responding to a distress call on March 28th, INS Sumedha and INS Trishul intercepted the hijacked Iranian fishing vessel "Al-Kambar 786." After employing "intense coercive tactical measures," the Navy secured the vessel and rescued 23 Pakistani nationals.

Over 110 lives saved in 100 days

In a remarkable 100-day period, the Indian Navy's unwavering efforts saved over 110 lives, including 45 Indian citizens. Their swift intervention prevented numerous potential tragedies and secured a crucial trade route amidst heightened regional tensions.