Indian Marine Commandos Rescue Hijacked Vessel

As this publication reported yesterday, the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel MV Lila Norfolk was boarded by five armed pirates yesterday, 460NM East of Ely, Somalia. The Indian Navy was the first coalition partner to make contact with the vessel. Since midnight on January 5th, 2023, the Indian Navy Kolkata-class destroyer INS Chennai established overhead ISR of the vessel.

By 0100 EST, Indian Navy officials confirmed that 15 Indian nationals were onboard the vessel of the 21 total crew members. By 0700 EST, Indian Naval Marines Commandos (MARCOS) had radioed the pirates and warned them to disembark or they would be engaged. The pirates reportedly heeded the warnings and left the vessel. Less than thirty minutes later, the MARCOS landed on this vessel and liberated the crew from the citadel.

By 1000 EST, the Indian government published these videos showing the MARCOS landing on the vessel, accompanied by the announcement that the vessel had been “sanitized.”

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Ethan Alun
Ethan Alun
A United States Naval Academy and American Military University Alumni, Ethan covers flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.
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