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Indian Navy ship INS Godavari pulls up alongside MV Suez

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  1. Soumya_india

    Soumya_india 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    MV Suez, the ship released by the Somali pirates on Tuesday, has now finally got an Indian Navy escort.

    Navy warship INS Godavari is now alongside MV Suez and is escorting the vessel.

    Indian government and the Navy had drawn flak from all corners for not helping out MV Suez sailors even after it came under a fresh attack by the pirates after its release.

    The government had earlier put the onus of security on the owners of the ship. It is in fact Pakistan's PNS Babar that came to the rescue of the ship by providing cover for the Suez.

    The merchant vessel was attacked by pirates earlier this week, causing fresh trauma for the 22-member crew that were first taken hostage last year. The crew, which includes six Indians, spent nine months in captivity.

    Wasi Hasan, the Pakistani who captains the Suez, had said the crew may have to abandon the ship and hitch a ride with the PNS Babar. "The boiler in the engine room is not working, so our speed has slowed down from 15 knots to 8 knots," he told NDTV. He also said that there is eight tons of diesel left on board, not enough to get the Suez to the port of Salalah in Oman.

    The Suez has four Pakistanis, one Sri Lankan and 11 Egyptians besides the Indian sailors on board.

    The pirates who had taken the crew hostage had demanded 2.1 million dollars more after an initial ransom was paid. Mr Hasan says one million was paid by the ship's owner and the rest was raised in Pakistan by rights activist Ansar Burney.

    The owners of the ship told NDTV yesterday that they had approached the Indian government for help. In an email to NDTV, a senior company official said, "I've contacted the (Indian) Navy, but there's no response. I have called them so many times." He says Indian officials advised him to "call the NATO hot line and ask if they have any war ship in this area for escort."


    Indian Navy ship INS Godavari pulls up alongside MV Suez
     
  2. Kronus

    Kronus Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Pakistan lodges protest with India over sea incident

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday lodged a protest with the Indian government over an incident in which an Indian warship allegedly brushed with a Pakistani frigate escorting MV Suez, an Egyptian-owned ship that was recently freed by Somali pirates after the payment of ransom.

    The protest was lodged through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad over the "serious incident" that occurred yesterday, said a statement issued by Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua.

    The Indian Navy warship Godavari "not only hampered humanitarian operations being carried out by Pakistan Navy Ship Babur for Merchant Vessel Suez but also undertook dangerous manoeuvres, which resulted in the brushing of the sides" of the two warships, the statement alleged.

    "This incident constitutes a serious violation of international regulations pertaining to safe conduct at high seas and of the India-Pakistan Agreement of 1991 on Advance Notice of Military Exercise Manoeuvres and Troop Movements," the statement claimed.

    "The Indian government has been asked to ensure non-recurrence of such incidents," the statement said.

    PNS Babur is escorting and assisting MV Suez, which was released by Somali pirates earlier this week after over two million dollars was paid as ransom for its 22-member crew, including four Pakistanis and six Indians.

    Pakistani rights activist Ansar Burney, who played a key role in negotiations with the pirates for the release of MV Suez, said that the ship's crew members will be repatriated to their respective countries by June 20.

    Besides the Indians and Pakistanis, the crew includes a Sri Lankan and 11 Egyptians.
     
  3. Kronus

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    India, Pakistan accuse each other's Navies of aggression on high seas

    A Pakistani humanitarian effort that secured the release of Indians along with Pakistanis from Somalian pirates is fast turning into a war of words between the two governments. Each is accusing the other's Navy of aggression on the high seas while escorting m.v. Suez, which was released earlier this week after 10 months in captivity.

    A day after Pakistan officially protested against the aggression by INS Godavari towards PNS Babur, India on Saturday lodged a similar protest with the Pakistan High Commission about its naval vessel. “PNS Babur, by its risky manoeuvres, jeopardised the safety of INS Godavari and its crew.”

    Pakistan had accused the Indian vessel of hampering humanitarian operations being carried out by PNS Babur and making “dangerous manoeuvres,” which resulted in the two ships “brushing past” each other.

    According to External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash, Pakistan's Naval Adviser in New Delhi was summoned by the Defence Ministry on Friday to register the “serious concerns at PNS Babur's risky manoeuvres.” In Islamabad, Pakistan conveyed a similar protest about INS Godavari around 6.30 p.m. through Deputy High Commissioner Rahul Kulsreshtha and informed the media later in the night.

    Both countries cited violation of regulations on navigational safety contained in the ‘International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea' and Article 10 of the ‘Agreement between India-Pakistan on Advance Notice on Military Exercises, Manoeuvres and Troops Movements 1991.'

    Earlier in the day, the Indian Navy described reports of aggression by INS Godavari as incorrect. This incident is said to have happened in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday while m.v. Suez was being escorted towards Oman.
     
  4. Kronus

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    MV Suez's crew expected to reach Karachi in next three days


    ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: The MV Suez's 22-member crew, including six Indians, who were freed by Somali pirates after the payment of ransom, are expected to reach Karachi in a naval vessel by Wednesday or Thursday, a Pakistan Navy official said on Monday.

    "The crew members have been transferred to the PNS Babar and they are expected to reach Pakistan either late on June 22 or early on June 23," the navy official, who did not want to be named, said.

    The crew, including the Indians, four Pakistanis, 11 Egyptians and a Sri Lankan, was taken on board the Pakistani warship yesterday after the MV Suez ran out of fuel and started sinking.

    The crew will be transferred from PNS Babar to another warship, PNS Zulfiqar, for the voyage to Pakistan.

    This is being done as PNS Babar is currently deployed for a counter-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden and cannot sail to Pakistan.

    The Pakistan Navy launched the Operation Umeed-e-Nuh (New Hope) to rescue the crew after MV Suez captain Wasi Hasan requested the evacuation of his crew to save their lives.

    It could not immediately be ascertained what arrangements were being made by Pakistani authorities to repatriate the foreign members of the Suez's crew after their arrival in Karachi.

    It is also not known if the foreign crew members possess their passports and valid travel documents or if these had been stolen by the pirates.

    Officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad said they had not yet been contacted by Pakistani authorities about making any arrangements for the Indian crew members.

    However, Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney has said that when the sailors will reach Karachi, they will be send back to their respective countries.

    "I hope this will be a good gift to India from my side. I love you all Indians, I love you all Pakistanis," said Burney, who has played a pivotal role in securing the release of the crew.

    The crew of the MV Suez was released last week after Burney collected USD 2.1 million that was paid as ransom to the pirates.

    The Egyptian-owned merchant vessel was in a "considerably deteriorated operational and material state" after being held by the pirates for about 10 months, the Pakistan Navy said.

    The crew "was weak and suffering from various ailments", the Pakistan Navy said.

    On June 17, the ship's fuel was exhausted while it was 100 nautical miles short of the Omani port of Salalah.

    Though a tug was arranged for towing the vessel to Salalah, the tug too developed a defect and the towing plan was abandoned.

    India and Pakistan have traded angry charges over an incident involving their warships that were sent to help the MV Suez.

    Pakistan alleged that the Indian warship INS Godavari brushed against the PNS Babar.

    India denied the allegation and said the PNS Babar was responsible for the incident as it carried out dangerous manoeuvres.
     
  5. Kronus

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    Will six Indians on mv Suez return home?

    With the crew-members of mv Suez now headed for Karachi, the bigger question remains, given the restrictive visa regimes that India and Pakistan have for each other, as to the fate of the six Indians on board.

    After being rescued on Sunday by Pakistan Navy's warship, PNS Babur, from the sinking merchant vessel on which they were held captive by Somali pirates for 10 months, the crew was transferred to PNS Zulfiqar on Monday evening for onward journey to Karachi. The entire exercise has been christened by the Pakistan Navy as “Operation Umeed-i-Nau” and Chief of Naval Staff Noman Bashir briefed Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani about it on Monday.

    The transfer was necessitated by the fact that PNS Babur was pulled out of the coalition navies patrolling the waters in the Gulf of Aden to escort mv Suez to the Salalah port in Oman. Since PNS Babur had to return to the coalition navies' patrol, the crew members were transferred to PNS Zulfiqar.

    Being a warship, PNS Zulfiqar cannot enter any other country's port. Therefore, the mv Suez crew is being brought to Karachi instead of Oman as planned.

    While human rights activist Ansar Burney was hopeful of putting the entire crew on flights to their respective countries soon after reaching Karachi, there is a fear that the Indians may meet a fate similar to that of their Pakistani counterparts, who were rescued by the Indian Navy and stranded in Mumbai since March this year.

    The five Pakistani sailors rescued by the Indian Navy from Somali pirates have been awaiting consular access for the past three months and are expected to get it on June 28. Even after consular access is provided, the process of verification takes months. Since they do not have Indian visas, these five sailors have been confined to the Yellow Gate police station, Mumbai, since March.
     
  6. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Moved this thread to the correct section.

    Good sets of updates for those who are following the situation.
     
  7. xXX-Nair:::Saab-XXx

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    New Delhi: It's likely to be three days before the Indian sailors of the MV Suez released last week by Somali pirates after a $2 million ransom was paid come home.

    But the Suez saga has been a series of mis-steps. India failed to negotiate the sailors' release, failed to protect them once they were free, and failed to bring them home. And it culminated with a row with the Pakistani govt. Why did India get it so wrong?

    "We have already registered our protest with the government of Pakistan," said Foreign Minister SM Krishna.
    The protest over and PNS Babur's alleged aggression registered, it’s time to assess India’s own response to the hostage crisis.

    India failed to organise the ransom from private parties. The Navy and the government were silent for days even as sailors pleaded for help through the media.

    INS Godavari was despatched only after PNS Babur had begun escorting MV Suez. India allowed a full 24 hours to elapse before rejecting Pakistani allegations of aggression by INS Godavari.

    The botched up response is despite a naval warship patrolling the Gulf of Aden and a high powered inter-ministerial group created to handle piracy related incidents.

    Experts say an inquiry must be conducted and responsibility fixed or else the Navy must be given a free hand to respond to crises.

    "There must be an inquiry. Forget what we told Pakistan. We must know what went wrong and who took late decisions. The Navy must be given a free hand or have someone competent in charge," said Admiral Raja Menon.
    The Navy sources admit there has been a loss of face but the government insists it did its best.

    It's a PR disaster that has left the Navy red-faced and showed the Indian government's claims of being sensitive towards its citizens as false. The 39 sailors still being held hostage can only hope lessons are learnt from the Suez blunders.

    MV Suez fiasco a PR disaster for India - India News - IBNLive
     
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    What ever the incident was... it was clearly of India... Either we should have help collect the ransom... we didnt do it... even we provided Navy support to the Sailors after we knew that PNS Babur was escorting them ... The delay in time Costed us in a great deal... Its was Mistake in Part of Sm krishna & our NSA...
     
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