In 10 years, Indian Navy has thwarted 44 piracy attempts: Naval chief Sunil Lanba

Indian naval chief Sunil Lanba. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 03, 2018, 01.55 PM (IST)

Indian naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said Monday that in the last 10 years, the Indian Navy has thwarted 44 piracy attempts

Lanba added that the navy had apprehended 120 pirates. 

"...navy remains committed to curbing this global menace," Lanba said. 

"Since 2008, 70 Indian naval warships have been deployed, which safely escorted over 3,440 ships with over 25,000 mariners on board," Lanba added. 

Lanba added that he did not think of John Allen Chau's death as a failure of "coastal security". Chau, an American, was recently killed by tribesmen on North Sentinel Island in the Andamans. 

The Sentinelese are one of the world's last uncontacted tribes. Visitors are not allowed on to their island with the navy enforcing a three-kilometre buffer around North Sentinel. 

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And Lanba added that the navy was in touch with Kulbhushan Jadhav's family "and are providing them all assistance". 

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Pakistan says Jadhav is a serving Indian naval officer who was caught spying in Pakistan. India says Jadhav has retired from the navy.