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Houthi rebels attacked British ship with missile, Indian Navy reached to help

According to foreign media reports, a British oil tanker caught fire after a missile attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels linked to the Iran-backed organization in the Gulf of Aden, a major shipping route. This is the latest incident of attack on a sea ship by Houthi rebels.

There has been a critical situation in the Red Sea for a long time. There has once again been a strong attack from Yemen's Houthi rebels. A British ship has become a victim of attack. As soon as the appeal for help was received, the Indian Navy immediately sent INS Visakhapatnam equipped with guided missiles. The Navy said on Saturday that INS Visakhapatnam has deployed a team, including 22 Indian and one Bangladeshi crew member, to help in efforts to extinguish the massive fire on board the British oil tanker MV Merlin Luanda. .

According to foreign media reports, a British oil tanker caught fire after a missile attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels linked to the Iran-backed organization in the Gulf of Aden, a major shipping route. This is the latest incident of attack on a sea ship by Houthi rebels.

Sent a team to extinguish the fire: Navy

"On request from MV Marlin Luanda, INS Visakhapatnam has provided fire fighting equipment to assist the crew in enhancing fire fighting efforts on board the distressed ship," a Navy spokesperson said in a post on social media. Has deployed its NBCD team along with it.

“The Indian Navy is steadfast and committed towards ensuring the safety of MVs (merchant vessels) and safety of life at sea,” the Indian Navy said. According to reports, the operator of the British oil tanker said the ship “fell victim to a missile attack in the Gulf of Aden after crossing the Red Sea.”

India increased surveillance in the sea

In view of the recent increase in attacks on merchant ships, the Indian Navy has significantly enhanced its surveillance network by deploying frontline destroyers and frigates in the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Earlier this month, the Indian Navy responded to a call for assistance following a drone attack on the MV Genco Picardy in the Gulf of Aden on the night of January 17. Similarly, on January 5, an attempt to hijack the Liberian-flagged ship MV Lila Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea was foiled. And all her crew members were saved.

Earlier, on December 23, the Liberian ship MV Chem Pluto with 21 Indian crew members was targeted by a drone attack off the west coast of India. Apart from MV Chem Pluto, another commercial oil tanker that was heading towards India fell victim to a suspected drone attack in the southern Red Sea on the same day. There was a crew of 25 Indians on board this ship.

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