Indian Navy Rescues Hijacked Bulk Carrier MV Ruen And Its Crew From Somali Pirates

Bulk Carrier
Image Credits: Indian Navy/Twitter

The Indian navy successfully captures a vessel from some Somali pirates and recovers its crew. On Saturday, an Indian naval vessel recovered a bulk carrier off the coast of Somalia, evacuating the crew and bringing an end to a three-month hijacking.

The Maltese-flagged vessel named MV Ruen was hijacked by the Somali pirates in December close to the Yemeni island of Socotra, around km off Somalia.


Video Credits: Indian Navy/Twitter

The Indian navy announced the capture on X, stating that one of the naval vessels had surrounded and forced 35 pirates to surrender over the last 40 hours, facilitating the secure release of 17 members of the crew from the pirate vessel.

On Friday, these pirates opened up fire on India’s navy ship in international waters, prompting India’s navy to urge pirates to surrender and release the vessel and civilians they could be holding. Increased piracy off Somalia Before the hijacking of the Ruen on 14 December, no cargo vessel was successfully boarded by the Somali pirates in 2017.

MV Ruen
Image Credits: Indian Navy/Twitter

However, India’s navy has recorded nearly 17 incidents of hijacking, attempted hijacking, and suspicious approaches since December, according to India’s officials.

In January 2024, India sent at least a dozen vessels to regions east of the Red Sea to protect against piracy and inspected over 250 vessels. On Thursday, the EU Naval Force cautioned that the Ruen may be used by the pirates as a “mothership” to launch additional attacks.

Reference: Reuters

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