With the increasing incidents of pirates hijacking ships in the Gulf of Aden, the Government of India permitted Indian Navy to patrol international waters to safeguard shipping lines.
M V Jag Arnav, the 38,265-tonne bulk carrier, owned by Mumbai-based Great Eastern Shipping Company, has recently crossed the Suez Canal and was eastward bound when it was surrounded by pirates, who tried to board and hijack the ship
On a signal from the ship, Indian Naval warship INS Tabar went into action. An armed helicopter with marine commandos was launched which successfully intervened and prevented the pirates from boarding and hijacking the merchant vessel.
The attack took place today around 10.30 hours and about 60 nautical miles from Aden.