The Navy on Thursday pulled out its warship from escorting MV Suez, released by pirates, towards Oman's Salalah port after the Egyptian vessel, under the command of a Pakistani national, did not respond to its calls.
The Navy, which had dispatched INS Godavari to escort the merchant vessel on Wednesday, said its warship is now escorting two other merchant vessels with 21 Indians in the Gulf of Aden while the coalition force vessels are following the MV Suez to Salalah.
“The Indian Navy has actively coordinated with all coalition force navies and other navies for providing cover to MV Suez. Navies with ships closest to Suez have responded to the request for assistance,” the Navy said in a statement.
“On reaching MV Suez, INS Godavari made every effort through all available means and channels to communicate. However, the master of the ship didn't respond.” MV Suez was released three days back by the Somali pirates after 10 months in captivity.