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THE INDIAN NAVY’S ANTI-PIRACY OPERATIONS:Operation Sankalp



  Mar 30, 2024

THE INDIAN NAVY’S ANTI-PIRACY OPERATIONS:Operation Sankalp



What happened on March 17, 2024, involving the Indian Navy and Somali pirates?

The Indian Navy conducted a precision operation against Somali pirates who had hijacked the MV Ruen, a Bulgarian commercial ship, in December 2023. The operation involved the elite commandos, MARCOS PRAHARs, being air-dropped by a C-17 aircraft, leading to the rescue of 17 crew members and the apprehension of 35 pirates.

Why was the hijacking of MV Ruen significant?

The hijacking of MV Ruen marked the first commercial ship hijacking by Somali pirates since 2017. This incident underscored the persistent threat of piracy in international waters and highlighted the need for continued vigilance and response capabilities.

How does the Indian Navy respond to piracy and maritime security threats?

The Indian Navy has enhanced its maritime security operations, particularly under Operation Sankalp, to respond to various non-traditional threats, including piracy. The Navy’s strategy includes deploying naval ships, aircraft, and special forces to secure seas and provide protection to the maritime community in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

What is Operation Sankalp?

Operation Sankalp is an ongoing maritime security operation led by the Indian Navy since mid-December 2023. It aims to secure international shipping routes against piracy and other maritime threats, focusing on areas like the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, and the waters off the east coast of Somalia.

How has the international community reacted to the Indian Navy’s efforts?

The Indian Navy’s effective response and capabilities in anti-piracy missions have positioned it as a ‘first responder’ and ‘preferred security partner’ in the IOR. The successful missions underscore the importance of international cooperation in combating piracy and ensuring maritime security.

What role does the Information Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) play in anti-piracy operations?

The IFC-IOR, located in Gurugram, India, serves as a principal hub for information exchange within the IOR. It plays a key role in enhancing maritime domain awareness, facilitating coordinated efforts between regional and extra-regional navies, and supporting anti-piracy operations.

How does the Indian Navy coordinate with other forces in its anti-piracy efforts?

In addition to its naval assets, the Indian Navy collaborates with the Indian Air Force and national agencies, demonstrating a high degree of inter-service synergy. This coordinated approach enhances the effectiveness of maritime security operations and anti-piracy efforts.

For more information on the Indian Navy’s anti-piracy operations and maritime security initiatives, please refer to official press releases and updates from the Indian Navy and the Ministry of Defence.


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