In a dramatic and heroic operation, the Indian Navy successfully rescued the crew of the hijacked Liberian-flagged vessel MV Lili Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea. The first visuals of the rescued Indian crew, comprising 21 members, including 15 Indians, surfaced online on Saturday, depicting scenes of jubilation and gratitude.
The rescue operation, led by elite marine commandos known as MARCOs, unfolded swiftly after the vessel sent a distress message on the UK Maritime Trade Operations portal, reporting an intrusion by five to six armed pirates on Thursday evening.
The Indian Navy promptly deployed a formidable array of resources, including the frontline warship INS Chennai, maritime patrol aircraft P-8I, helicopters, and MQ9B Predator drones, to assist the beleaguered MV Lili Norfolk. The coordinated response showcased the Navy’s readiness and capability to tackle maritime threats effectively.
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The rescue itself was executed with precision as INS Chennai intercepted the cargo vessel at 3:15 pm. The MARCOs commandos, renowned for their elite training and strategic acumen, boarded the vessel from INS Chennai. Their swift and decisive actions “sanitised” the ship, securing the safe release of all 21 crew members.
The rescued crew members, visibly elated and expressing their joy, were seen chanting “Bharat Mata ki Jai” in a video shared by the Indian Navy. Their expressions of gratitude towards the Navy highlighted the professionalism and bravery exhibited by the marine commandos during the high-stakes operation.
Commander Vivek Madhwal, the spokesperson for the Indian Navy, provided insights into the operation, emphasizing the frontline role of INS Chennai and the crucial sanitization efforts by MARCOs. The successful outcome underscores the Navy’s commitment to safeguarding maritime security and protecting the lives of those at sea.
The incident serves as a testament to the preparedness and efficiency of the Indian Navy in responding to piracy threats, showcasing the nation’s dedication to ensuring the safety of its seafaring citizens. As the rescued crew members reunite with their families, the successful operation stands as a beacon of hope and resilience in the face of maritime challenges.