News:INS Sumedha which is presently on Anti Piracy Patrol in Gulf of Aden, came to the rescue of the stranded vessel near Somali Coast.
About INS Sumedha:
- INS Sumedha was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 2014.The ship has been designed and built by Goa Shipyard Limited.
- Sumedha is the third ship of the indigenous Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) Project to be inducted into the Indian Navy.
- The induction of INS Sumedha is aimed at meeting the increasing ocean surveillance and patrolling requirements of the Indian Navy.
- The ship has a weapon and sensor systems, latest navigational and early warning radar, chaff launching for self protection and an integrated ESM system to undertake all assigned missions.
About Gulf of Aden:
- The Gulf of Aden is located in the Middle East with Yemen to the north, Somalia to the south and the Arabian Sea to the east.It is connected to the Red Sea by the Bab el Mandeb strait.
- The Strait of Bab el-Mandeb is a chokepoint between the horn of Africa and the Middle East.It is located between Yemen, Djibouti and Eritrea and connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.
- Up to 30,000 ships pass through the Gulf of Aden each year heading to and from the Suez Canal.However,Piracy has been predominant in the seas of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden between 2005 and 2012.
- The Djibouti Code of Conduct was adopted in 2009 for Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.