New Delhi: In yet another anti-piracy offensive by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard, a mother ship of Somali pirates was seized by Indian warships off Lakshadweep islands on Sunday.
52 men including 28 suspected pirates were detained by the Navy and the Coast Guard from onboard the suspected pirate ship.
Naval warship INS Teer and Coast Guard ship CGS Samar intercepted the pirate’s mother ship within the Indian exclusive economic zone in the Arabian Sea and engaged it in a gun battle.
Following the offensive, the pirates gave up and waved a white flag, indicating that they wanted to surrender. Some of them also jumped overboard the mother ship, which was identified by a navy spokesperson as Thai fishing trawler Prantalay-11.
This mother ship is a sister vessel of another fishing trawler, Prantalay-14, that was sunk by the navy about 10 days ago in the Arabian Sea while it was being used as a mother ship.