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Indian Navy ship thwarts pirate attack on US tanker in Gulf

NEW DELHI
: An Indian Navy warship successfully repulsed a pirate attack on a US-owned tanker in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia coast. (

"A Navy ship in the Gulf of Aden prevented an attack of pirates on a private tanker flying a Norway flag and owned by US company today," a Navy spokesperson said here.

MT Nordik Spirit, the tanker owned by the Nordik Shipping Company, was sailing in the Gulf of Aden around 1500 hours when the pirates made an attempt to hijack it and fired small arms at the crew members.

"The crew immediately sent out a distress signal and the Indian navy ship, which was in the vicinity, responded to the SOS call," he said.

The warship flew out its helicopters with Marine Commandos and on seeing it, the pirates gave up their hijack attempt on the tanker, the spokesperson said.

Later, the warship accompanied the tanker and escorted it to safety.

The India

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Added: Dec-8-2009 Occurred On: Dec-8-2009
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