An Indian navy ship INS Sharda, deployed for anti-piracy operation in the Gulf, interjected and prevented pirates from taking over a Liberian merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday.
INS Sharda, an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) had been deployed in the Gulf since April 6. On May 16, the ship received a distressed call from the Liberian ship, MV Lord Mountbatten, at around 4.45 pm, Navy officials said.
The pirates were moving into the MV Mountbatten with two mother vessels and eight skiffs when marine commandos interjected, according to Naval sources.
INS Sharda arrived at the location around 7 p.m and detected two ships and eight skiffs in the vicinity of the ship, which escaped at high speed.
A team of MARCOS from INS Sharda, with support from an armed helicopter, investigated the boats that were left.
"No fishing gear was recovered from the dhows. One high caliber AKM rifle along with one filled magazine was found on one of the dhows," Indian Navy said.
One automatic rifle along with a magazine were recovered from one of dhows.