Indian Navy responds to vessel's distress call near Gulf of Aden

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Published: 2024-01-18 13:01

Last Updated: 2024-02-25 17:51


Indian Navy responds to vessel's distress call near Gulf of Aden
Indian Navy responds to vessel's distress call near Gulf of Aden

The Indian Navy announced Thursday that it responded to a distress call from a merchant ship flying the Marshall Islands flag, which came under attack by a drone in the Gulf of Aden.

The distress call was reportedly issued by the ship MV Genco Picardy late Wednesday. The Indian Navy diverted a warship deployed nearby in the region.

22 crew members were on board the vessel, 9 of them are Indian. A fire broke out on the ship but was under control, no injuries among the crew were reported.

Earlier Thursday, the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) announced that a drone launched from areas controlled by the Houthis hit a ship flying the flag of the Marshall Islands, owned and operated by the United States, in the Gulf of Aden.

It is not known at this moment whether the attacked ship is the same one or if they are two different vessels.