Indian Navy responds to Houthi attack on merchant vessel in Red sea

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | April 29, 2024 IST

New Delhi, April 29: Indian Naval Destroyer INS Kochi swiftly responded to a maritime security incident following an attack on a merchant vessel by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea. The attack, which targeted the Panama-flagged crude oil tanker Merchant Vessel (MV) Andromeda Star PM on April 26th, prompted immediate action from the Indian Navy.

Confirming the safety of all 22 Indian nationals onboard the merchant vessel, the Indian Navy deployed resources to intercept the MV Andromeda Star PM. Aerial reconnaissance by helicopter was conducted to assess the situation, and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was dispatched onboard for further risk assessment.

A total of 30 crew (including 22 Indian nationals) are reported to be safe and the vessel is continuing its scheduled transit to the next port. The swift action of the Navy ship reiterates the commitment and resolve of the Indian Navy in safeguarding the seafarers plying through the region, an official added.

According to some international reports, the attack on the Andromeda Star was claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels. After the attack, Houthi rebels had stated that the missiles targeted the tanker as part of their ongoing support for Palestinians.


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