Indian Navy Destroys Pirate 'Mother Ship' in Battle

by Kal El on November 19, 2008 · View Comments

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Go India!!! Of course had it been the American Navy, lefty liberal commie jihadi sympathizers all over would be lamenting the violation of the civil rights of the pirates at the hands of our fighting forces. Good on India for flexing their guns.

NEW DELHI —  An Indian naval vessel sank a suspected pirate “mother ship” Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden and chased two attack boats into the night, officials said, yet more violence in the lawless seas where brigands are becoming bolder and more violent.

Separate bands of pirates also seized a Thai ship with 16 crew members and an Iranian cargo vessel with a crew of 25 in the Gulf of Aden, where Somalia-based pirates appear to be attacking ships at will, said Noel Choong of the International Maritime Bureau’s piracy reporting center in Malaysia.

“It’s getting out of control,” Choong said.

A multicoalition naval force has increased patrols in the region, and scored a rare success Tuesday when the Indian warship, operating off the coast of Oman, stopped a ship similar to a pirate vessel mentioned in numerous piracy bulletins. The Indian navy said the pirates fired on the INS Tabar after the officers asked it to stop to be searched.

“Pirates were seen roaming on the upper deck of this vessel with guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers,” said a statement from the Indian navy. Indian forces fired back, sparking fires and a series of onboard blasts — possibly due to exploding ammunition — and destroying the ship.

They chased one of two speedboats that had been shadowing the larger ship, and which fled when it sank. One was later found abandoned. The other escaped, according to the statement.

Larger “mother ships” are often used to take gangs of pirates and smaller attack boats into deep water, and can be used as mobile bases to attack merchant vessels.

Last week, Indian navy commandos operating from a warship foiled a pirate attempt to hijack a ship in the Gulf of Aden. The navy said an armed helicopter with marine commandos prevented the pirates from boarding and hijacking the Indian merchant vessel.

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Awww poor pirates, blown away by their own munitions. Yet shipping companies STILL do not train and arm their crews to defend themselves from piracy.

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  • Tonto (USA)

      I really like it that India is taking a hand on the war on terror.  I’ve always had respect for the Indian people who I’ve met over the years.  Of course, they also have a reason to be anti-muz, as the muz have continually attacked peaceful Indian citizens along the Pakistan border….they finally wised up and concluded it’s not just Pakistan they’re at war with, it’s islam they’re at war with.
      The US should not be the only enforcer of decency in the world, and you sure can’t expect any muz to do that.  The muz are, historically the world’s worst for violence and thievery, the epitome of the sleazy scumbag.  They look like fagy cross dressers in those dress lookin things anyway.

  • Tonto (USA)

    By the way, didn’t India kick out the muslims shortly after independence and that’s how Pakistan and Bengaladesh were formed.  Smartest move I ever saw.

  • Joan

    Yes Tonto, India got shut of them shortly after Independence.

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