India, China bury differences to fight off piracy attempt

Posted April 11, 2017

MOGADISHU, April 10 Somali security forces rescued a hijacked Indian cargo dhow on Monday, but pirates took the 11-strong crew with them when they fled to land, authorities said.

The ship OS35, which is owned by Oldstone Cargo, was sailing from Kelang in Malaysia to the port city of Aden in Yemen when it came under attack from Somali pirates on Saturday night.

The Chinese navy sent a team of 18 men to sanitise the 178-metre merchant vessel, with the Indian Navy providing the communication link and air cover with its helicopters.

Emboldened by the Indian Naval cover and on receiving an "all clear signal" that there was no sign of any pirate on board, the crew members gradually emerged from the strong room.

April. 10: The Chinese navy has claimed full credit for rescuing a Tuvaluan ship hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday by ignoring the assistance provided by the Indian Navy to them.

China's navy says its forces rescued a freighter from attack by pirates in the Gulf of Aden over the weekend.

The Indian Navy swung into action after getting a call from Dubai office of the UK's Maritime Trade Organisation, which acts as the primary point of contact for merchant vessels and liaison with military forces in the region. The Al Kausar was seized earlier this month.

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"They also conducted a comprehensive search of the ship to make sure no pirate was on board".

At their peak in the early 2010's, Somali pirate gangs were responsible for hundreds of attacks on commercial ships traveling in the Gulf of Aden, the western Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea.

Post mission, it has been confirmed that all 19 Filipino crew members were safe. It has been established that the 19 crew members are safe.

The two warships were part of an Indian fleet of four vessels heading for an overseas deployment.

The coordinated operation comes amid strained ties between China and India over a range of issues, including border control, the Dalai Lama's visit to Tawang in the north eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and Beijing's opposition to Delhi's membership bid into the elite Nuclear Suppliers' Group.

There was a lull in the Gulf of Aden for some time but now the pirates seem to be active again.

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