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Navy sends warship to Somali coast

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  1. flanker143

    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    To keep vigil on hijacked merchant vessel

    The Navy has sent a warship towards the Somali coast to keep a vigil on the hijacked merchant vessel on which seven Indian sailors are being held as hostages, despite payment of ransom by the owners of the ship.

    INS Talwar, currently deployed on an anti-piracy patrol mission off the Gulf of Aden, was diverted towards the coast. The move is being seen as an aggressive posture by the Navy.

    During an informal interaction here, Defence Minister A.K. Antony refused to comment on whether the warship would launch action to free the hostages. Sources in the Navy and the government maintained that the move was to ensure that the merchant vessel was not rendered further vulnerable, and that the warship would not leave the area unless the hostages were released.

    After releasing eight other Indian sailors of the cargo ship MV Asphalt Venture, the pirates who were holding them hostage since last September have sought to hold the other seven back. It is understood that they are seeking release of 120 pirates held in Indian prisons following naval action in the Indian Ocean during the past few months.

    India's move comes after the owners of the merchant vessel expressed ‘deep disappointment' over the Somali pirates not keeping their word after the company paid an undisclosed ransom. The owners have been appealing to the pirates to release the seven hostages as promised, since the ransom demand was made.

    53 Indians held hostage

    According to latest figures, 53 Indian sailors are being held hostage on five different ships. Of them, 17 have been held for the longest on MT Savina Caylyn, an Italian ship which was seized Feb 8, 2010.
     
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    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Warship sent to escort freed sailors

    The Indian Navy has sent its second warship to the Somalian coast to save the lives of the eight Indians released by the Somali pirates in the merchant ship MV Asphalt Venture and to guide back the vessel safely home, the remaining seven hostages are still held up with the pirates.

    A Talwar-class stealth frigate from the Mumbai-based Western fleet left for the Gulf of Aden to escort back the Asphalt safely. One Indian naval ship is already carrying out patrols in the Gulf of Aden.

    The Somalian pirates took a hefty ransom from MV Asphalt Venture but did not keep their word. They released only eight of the 15 Indian crew members last week. They are now negotiating for the release of the 110 arrested pirates in return for the remaining seven Indian sailors. The pirates were apprehended in the past four months in anti-piracy operations and are in custody of the Mumbai police
     
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    Varad Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    The piracy threat should be dealt with immediately to secure our sea lines. Good move by the navy. Hopefully we can get our sailors back.
     
  4. flanker143

    flanker143 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    i think that if the ships carry even a couple of hmg's..the hijacking rate can drop radically.... they are enough for killing or scaring these baboons.....
    currently they are totally defenseless.....
     
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