Indian Navy completes second anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Guinea in Atlantic Ocean

Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sumedha undertook a 31-day anti-piracy patrol, the Navy said.

November 16, 2023 01:14 pm | Updated 10:02 pm IST - New Delhi

INS Sumedha during the Indian Navy’s mission-based deployment to West Africa and Atlantic makes a port call at Walvis Bay, Namibia from 10-13 November 23. File

INS Sumedha during the Indian Navy’s mission-based deployment to West Africa and Atlantic makes a port call at Walvis Bay, Namibia from 10-13 November 23. File | Photo Credit: PTI

The Indian Navy has completed its second anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) in the Atlantic Ocean. Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sumedha which is on an extended range operational deployment, currently operating in the Atlantic Ocean along the West Coast of Africa, undertook a 31-day anti-piracy patrol, the Navy said on Thursday.

The maiden Gulf of Guinea anti-piracy patrol was undertaken by INS Tarkash in September/October 2022.

“The region is critical for India’s national interests as it is an important source for India’s energy requirements... INS Sumedha’s operational deployment to a crucial geographical region of immense relevance to India has ensured our national interests are further bolstered,” the Navy said in a statement. “The deployment was also used to further the capability of the regional partners through joint training undertaken by the ships’ crew reiterating India and Indian Navy’s focus on helping our friends...”

INS Sumedha’s deployment also ensured enhancing Navy to Navy connect with regional navies, including Senegal, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Angola and Namibia, the Navy said. Another highlight of the deployment was the ship’s participation in the maiden India-EU Joint Exercise in the GoG.

On October 24, India and EU conducted their first joint naval exercise in the Gulf of Guinea which saw the participation of INS Sumedha, joined by Italian Navy Ship ITS Foscari, French Navy Ship FS Ventôse, and Spanish Navy Ship Tornado, as reported by The Hindu earlier. The exercise followed the third meeting of the EU-India maritime security dialogue on October 5 in Brussels.

From November 10 to 13, INS Sumedha made a port call at Walvis Bay, Namibia as part of the Mission Based Deployment to West Africa and Atlantic. Professional interactions aimed at exchanging best practices, cross deck visits and social engagements were also conducted with Namibia Navy during the ship’s stay in harbour, the Navy stated.

As part of its defence cooperation, India, over the years, has extended training to a large number of Namibian military officers at various military institutions in India.

INS Sumedha is the third of the indigenously developed Naval OPV of Saryu class deployed for multiple roles independently and in support of Fleet Operations. It took part in the recently conducted Operation Kaveri for evacuation of Indian diaspora from war hit Sudan in April this year.

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