INS Talwar thwarts piracy attempt off Gulf of Aden news
07 December 2009

New Delhi: The Indian Navy on Monday thwarted a piracy attempt on a Norwegian-flagged tanker off the Gulf of Aden, an official said in New Delhi. The Norwegian-flagged tanker 'Nordic Spirit' was fired upon by pirates when she sent out a distress signal. An Indian Navy ship on anti-piracy patrol immediately launched her helicopter which intercepted the pirate boat and prevented any takeover.

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The Nordic Spirit' belongs to the Nordic American Tanker company.

Reports said the warship had also arrived in the area. No causalities have been reported.

"As pirates started approaching the Norwegian tanker it sent out a distress message. And we immediately launched a helicopter to thwart the attempt," said an Indian Navy spokesperson.

"The helicopter prevented the piracy attempt, and in the meantime the Indian Navy warship arrived in the area," said the official.

An Indian Navy stealth frigate, INS Talwar has been patrolling the piracy-infested Gulf of Aden since last year and has thwarted several piracy attempts on Indian-flagged ships and vessels of other countries. 

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INS Talwar thwarts piracy attempt off Gulf of Aden