According to a statement from the Ministry, the INS Sharda picked up a distress call from the MV Lord Mountbatten reporting an attempted attack by armed pirates while approximately 230nm south-west of Salalah, Yemen. The vessel said during the attack there were two suspicious ‘motherships’ and 7 to eight skiffs.
Upon arriving in the area, the INS Sharda detected two dhows along with eight skiffs. Three of the skiffs fled the area upon seeing the warship, but a boarding team boarded the dhows and remaining skiff, finding no evidence of fishing gear and a high-powered rifle along with a loaded magazine.
The Indian Navy confiscated the weapon and ammunition but did not apprehend any of the suspects.
The INS Sharda has been conducting counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden since April 6, 2017.
AIS data shows the MV Lord Mountbatten is sailing from Jebel Ali, UAE to Port Said, Egypt.