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Indian Navy: Navy thwarts Somali pirates’ attempt to use hijacked vessel for piracy

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The Indian Navy successfully prevented Somali pirates from utilizing the ex-MV Ruen vessel for acts of piracy on the high seas. The vessel, which had been hijacked by Somali pirates on December 14, 2023, was intercepted by a Navy warship on March 15.

Hijacking and Interception

The Maltese-flagged bulk cargo vessel Ruen was intercepted by a navy warship, and action was taken in accordance with international law. During the interception, the Ruen reportedly opened fire on the Indian Navy warship, prompting a response from naval officials. The Navy is currently undertaking actions in accordance with international law to neutralize the threat posed by the hijacked vessel.Continual Monitoring
An officer had previously stated that the Bulk carrier MV Ruen was being “constantly monitored” by Indian guided-missile destroyer INS Kochi. “The two warships are present in the area for any contingency,” he said.

Response and Action
“The vessel opened fire on the warship, which is taking actions in accordance with international law, in self-defense & to counter piracy, with minimal force necessary to neutralize the piratesโ€™ threat to shipping and seafarers,” the Navy said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

Previous Incidents
The hijacking of MV Ruen was the first incident in the past five to six years, despite efforts from several international navies to stop piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

The Indian Navy’s swift and decisive action prevented the hijacked vessel from being used for acts of piracy, ensuring the safety of shipping and seafarers in the region.

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