Pak Navy warship repelled by Indian Coast Guard

A Pakistan Navy warship crossed the maritime boundary line off the coast of Gujarat and entered Indian waters but was detected and forced to retreat by an Indian Coast Guard Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft.

The action took place on the high seas at the peak of the Monsoon season in the first half of July when Pakistan Navy Ship Alamgir moved from its side to Indian waters across the maritime boundary line between the two countries, Government sources said.

Soon after it entered Indian waters, it was detected first by an Indian Coast Guard Dornier aircraft which had taken off for maritime surveillance from an air base in the vicinity, they said.

On the maritime boundary line near Gujarat, Indian agencies do not even allow their own fishermen to undertake their activities within five nautical miles on their own side.

After detecting the Pakistani warship, the Dornier informed its command centre about its presence in Indian waters and continued to keep a watch on it. The Dornier issued warnings to the Pakistani warship about its location and asked it to return to its area but it did not respond, the sources added.

They further said that the Dornier kept hovering over PNS Alamgir and even tried to call it on its radio communication set to know its intent but the Pakistani Captain chose to maintain complete silence and did not respond.

The Dornier flew twice or thrice right in front of the Pakistani warship which after some time retreated towards its side knowing very well that its presence has been detected, sources added.

It would have also realised that more assets from the Indian side would be on their way to the area to tackle it, the sources said adding that on the purpose of the Pakistani warship, they might be probing how far can they go inside Indian waters without getting detected but were spotted and confronted soon after they came in.

(ANI)

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