Monthly Archives: February 2014

Somaliland: Puntland Rumours of War Results in Massive Deployment

By: Yusuf M Hasan

BADAN (Somalilandsun) – The Somaliland Armed Forces have established a land based beachhead outside Badan District in Sanaag Region. Continue reading

Persian Gulf security requires regional cooperation: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stressed the need for the establishment of security in the Persian Gulf region through collective efforts by all countries in the Middle East. Continue reading

China, Russia to hold joint naval drills

A Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed on Thursday that Chinese and Russian naval forces will hold “Joint Sea-2014” drills from May to June. Continue reading

UPDATE: Pirate Attack Alert: Gulf of Oman

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MSC-HOA has issued an alert concerning a pirate attack at the edge of the Gulf of Oman. Continue reading

Australian Navy in Joint Anti Piracy Exercise with Sri Lanka Navy


The Australian Naval Ship HMAS “Melbourne” which arrived in Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit took part in a Passage Exercise code named “PASSEX” with SLNS “Sagara” in the seas off Galle on 25th February 2014. Continue reading

INS Saryu completes anti-piracy run within warranty period


KOLKATA: It may not be the best of times for the Indian Navy but there have been achievements over the last year that it can seek some solace in. Take the case of the INS Saryu, an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) based at Port Blair under the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) for instance. It set sail for the Gulf of Aden in 2013 for anti-piracy operations within months of commissioning.

“This was the first ever ship of the Indian Navy to have participated in anti-piracy operations while still under warranty. It is one of a new class of ships, designed and built in India by the Goa Shipyard Ltd. It was commissioned in January, 2013. Trials were completed in May, 2013. Immediately after this, it went for surveillance operations to the southern group of islands. This lasted for 20 days. A few months later, we set sail for the Gulf of Aden,” said Commodore Amanpreet Singh, the commissioning captain of INS Saryu.

The ANC is proud to have an advanced vessel like the INS Saryu in its fleet. In fact, it is the only one in Port Blair to have operated in the Gulf of Aden. Singh and his crew will be handing over the ship to a fresh team in the next couple of months. He took the warship through its paces and is extremely satisfied with the performance.

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Maritime Security News Note:
This is really good news for the Indian Navy following a number of unfortunate incidents.

It’s also great news that it passed within the warranty period; if you’ve ever tried to contact the store that sold you a warship to make a warranty claim, you’ll know how difficult some of those sales people can be…

ESS&SA Pioneering Maritime Security Industry

ESS&SA has become the first Private Maritime Security Company (PMSC) within the Netherlands, to achieve certification to the ISO/PAS 28007 standard with global certifier, LRQA. ESS&SA is now one of a select few PMSCs worldwide certified as such. This certification assures clients that ESS&SA provides high quality maritime security services, and that they contribute to establishing a uniform and high level norm for the maritime security industry. Continue reading