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Indian Navy's Mission Deployed Platform Responds to a Maritime Incident in the Gulf of Aden

January 18, 2024 Photo(s): By PIB

INS Visakhapatnam, mission deployed in Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy operations, swiftly responded to a distress call by Marshall Island flagged MV Genco Picardy following a drone attack at 2311 hrs on January 17, 2024.

INS Visakhapatnam, undertaking anti piracy patrol in Gulf of Aden, acknowledged the distress call and intercepted the vessels at 0030 hrs on January 18, 2024 in order to provide assistance. MV Genco Picardy with 22 crew (09 Indian) reported nil casualties and fire under control.

Indian Naval EOD specialists from INS Visakhapatnam boarded the vessel in early hours of January 18, 2024 to inspect the damaged area. EOD specialists, after a thorough inspection have rendered the area safe for further transit. The vessel is proceeding to the next port of call.