Upon receiving a distress call from MV Genco Picardy, INS Visakhapatnam immediately altered its course and reached the scene at 0030 hrs on January 18, 2024. The Marshall Island flagged vessel, carrying 22 crew members, including 9 Indians, reported no casualties and confirmed that the fire resulting from the drone attack was under control.
Indian Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialists from INS Visakhapatnam boarded MV Genco Picardy in the early hours of January 18, 2024, to thoroughly inspect the damaged area. The EOD specialists declared the area safe for further transit after meticulous examination and prompt action.
The successful neutralization of the drone attack and the subsequent rendering of the vessel safe for transit underscore the Indian Navy’s commitment to maritime security in the region. INS Visakhapatnam, part of the anti-piracy patrol mission, has demonstrated its capability to respond swiftly and effectively to emerging threats in the strategically vital Gulf of Aden.
The collaborative efforts between INS Visakhapatnam and the crew of MV Genco Picardy exemplify the seamless coordination between the Indian Navy and merchant vessels operating in the region. The vessel is now proceeding to its next port of call under the escort and protection of INS Visakhapatnam. This incident serves as a testament to the Indian Navy’s preparedness and vigilance in safeguarding the nation’s maritime interests and ensuring the safety of vessels navigating through crucial waterways.
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