Indian Navy Ship INS Visakhapatnam Comes To Rescue Missile Struck Oil Tanker

The Indian Navy’s missile destroyer, INS Visakhapatnam, put out the fire from the oil tanker MV Marlin Luanda, flying the Marshall Islands flag in the Gulf of Aden. The ship, which is owned by Trafigura of Singapore and is run by Oceonix Services of the United Kingdom, was attacked by an anti-ship ballistic missile fired by militants who support Iran’s Houthi movement.

Following the MV Marlin Luanda’s distress call, INS Visakhapatnam responded quickly, deploying its Nuclear Biological Chemical Defence and Damage Control (NBCD) team and firefighting supplies. Following the missile strike, the ship, which was crewed by one Bangladeshi and twenty-two Indians, reported suffering severe damage.

The Indian Navy spokesperson, Commander Vivek Madhwal, verified the fire was successfully contained after six hours of firefighting. To avoid any possible re-ignition, the Navy is closely monitoring the situation.

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The missile attack is the latest in a string of events that, since November, have seen Houthi militants target commercial vessels in the Red Sea and nearby regions. People interpret these acts as a reaction to Israel’s military assault in Gaza. The region’s growing dangers have highlighted global concerns about security along crucial marine routes.

A cargo ship that was the target of a drone strike in the Gulf of Aden was intercepted by INS Visakhapatnam earlier this month. The Indian Navy is still improving how it deploys surveillance planes and front-line ships to support maritime security efforts in vital water channels.

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) reported the incident, which verified the missile attack and the ensuing distress call. CENTCOM said that the USS Carney and other coalition ships also provided support in coordination with the Indian Navy.

Captain Abhilash Rawat thanked the Indian Navy destroyer INS Visakhapatnam in a video that the Navy released. We had given up trying to put out this fire. We thank the Indian Navy for sending professionals to extinguish the fire. The Indian Navy stepped forward to help us.

This incident comes after a drone attack on the MV Chem Pluto off the west coast of India and a recent attempt to hijack a ship flying the Liberian flag in the North Arabian Sea. The Indian Navy’s proactive measures highlight its dedication to ensuring sailors’ and merchant shipping’s safety in the face of changing maritime security threats.

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