INS Kochi responds to attack on Panama flagged oil tanker

New Delhi, April 28 (UNI) INS Kochi, an Indian Naval destroyer, swiftly responded to a maritime security incident involving an attack on a Panama-flagged crude oil tanker, MV Andromeda Star PM.

According to the Indian Navy, the MV with 30 crew members, including 22 Indian nationals, was intercepted by the Indian Navy warship on Friday, and an aerial recce by its helicopter was undertaken to assess the situation.

After responding to the incident, the shipborne Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was deployed onboard the Andromeda Star to assess any kind of residual risk. All crew members were reported to be safe and the vessel is proceeding to the next port.

The Indian Navy on X said, “A Mission deployed Indian Naval Destroyer #INSKochi responded to a #maritimesecurity incident involving attack on Panama flagged crude oil tanker MV Andromeda Star PM 26 Apr 24”.

“The MV was intercepted by #IndianNavy warship & an aerial recce by Helo was undertaken to assess the situation. The shipborne EOD team was deployed onboard MV for residual risk assessment.

A total of 30 crew members (including 22 Indian nationals) are reported to be safe, and the vessel is continuing its scheduled transit to the next port,” the India Navy said.

The swift action of the Indian Navy ship reiterates the commitment and resolve of the Navy in safeguarding the seafarers plying through the region, the statement added.

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