Posted on December 13, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
An Indian Navy Patrol vessel, which has been deployed on an anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden, has seized a cache of weapons that includes assault rifles, machine guns and ammunition, from a boat off the coast of Somalia on December the 7th.
The INS Sunayna was conducting an operation meant to increase security in its assigned operational area, when it detected a suspicious fishing vessel, approximately 25 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia, near the island of Socotra.
Upon closer inspection, the Sunayana found that the vessel was engaged in illegal fishing in the area. After boarding the vessel, they discovered a cache of weapons that included four high-calibre AK-47s and one light machine gun, alongside ammunition for these weapons.
“The vessel was thoroughly searched and allowed to proceed, after confiscation of the arms and ammunition, to prevent their illegal use later by the crew for piracy-related activities. This incident reiterates the commitment of the Indian Navy towards ensuring safe seas for Indian, as well as international, seafarers in the Indian Ocean region.” Said in a statement on Saturday, Indian Navy Official, Captain DK Sharma.
The INS Sunayna has been deployed on an anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden since October this year.