"Not a single ship under the escort of Indian Navy since 2008 has been hijacked by the pirates," Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba said.

"Indian Navy has been deployed in the Gulf of Aden continuously since October 2008 for anti-piracy patrol. Along with other Navies, Indian Navy has been deployed in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia," he added.

"In the last two years, there has been no hijacking of any ship. It is mainly due to the concerted efforts of all the navy including the Indian Navy there," Lanba cited. Addressing media on board INS Sunayna, at South Jetty, Naval Base, here, Lanba said that 53 naval ships have done the patrolling since 2008.

"We have escorted over 3000 merchant marine during this patrol. Not a single ship under the escort of Indian Navy since 2008 has been hijacked by the pirates," he said, reacting to queries on the steps taken by the Indian Navy to deal with threats by Somalian pirates in Gulf Aden and off Somalia coast.

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