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New Delhi, Oct 6

Indian Naval Ship Trishul on Friday thwarted a piracy attempt on an Indian merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden, Indian Navy said.

All 26 Indian crew on board the Indian ship are safe.

"INS Trishul thwarts piracy attempt on Indian ship MV Jag Amar at 1230 hrs this noon in the Gulf of Aden," Navy's Spokesperson Captain D.K. Sharma said in a tweet.

According to the Indian Navy, the merchant vessel called for assistance around noon, and guided missile frigate INS Trishul, which is deployed on anti-piracy duty in the Gulf of Aden responded immediately.

MARCOS (marine commandos) on board INS Trishul rushed out to the merchant vessel, and the piracy attempt was thwarted.

An AK-47 rifle, a magazine with 27 rounds, grapnels, ropes, fuel drums and ladders were recovered from the ship.

In May, INS Sharda, deployed for anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, rescued a Liberian merchant vessel Lord Mountbatten from a pirate attack.

In April, INS Mumbai, Tarkash, Trishul and Aditya, which were passing through the Gulf of Aden on way to deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, had saved another merchant ship MV OS 35 from pirates.

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