5 Jan 2024

Indian Navy Responds Swiftly to Hijacking of Liberian-flagged Cargo Ship with Indian Crew off Somalia

In response to the reported hijacking of the MV Lila Norfolk, a Liberian-flagged cargo ship with Indian crew members, the Indian Navy has taken immediate action in the Arabian Sea. The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), a British military organization tracking vessel movements, confirmed the incident on Thursday.

As per the reports, the cargo ship has 15 Indians on board and communication has been established with the crew.

Following the distress message sent via the UKMTO portal, the Indian Navy's deployed mission platforms quickly responded to the maritime incident. The vessel reported being boarded by approximately five to six unknown armed individuals on Thursday evening.

The crew onboard the hijacked cargo ship reportedly includes several Indians. Early on Friday, the Indian Navy's maritime patrol aircraft conducted an overflight of the vessel, establishing contact and ensuring the safety of the crew members.

INS Chennai is approaching the vessel to provide assistance

Continuing to monitor the situation, the Navy spokesperson stated that the INS Chennai is approaching the vessel to provide assistance. The overall scenario is under close observation, with coordination among various agencies in the area.

Emphasizing their commitment to ensuring the safety of merchant shipping in the region, the spokesperson affirmed the Indian Navy's collaboration with international partners and friendly foreign countries.

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