Pakistan Navy along with Combined Task Force 151 successfully countered piracy attempt made on Philippine Commercial flag vessel MV FALCON TRADE-II, operating in Southern extremity of Pakistan Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). A PN press release issued here on Friday said that in the afternoon of March 24, Pakistan Navy intercepted communications of a pirates’ attack on Philippine flag vessel with 20 crew members onboard and immediately responded by tasking PNS BABUR with embarked helicopter and Maritime Patrol Aircraft to update the sea picture and position of pirate boats. Special operating Force (SOF) onboard fast boats customized for counter piracy operations were also tasked to rescue the ship’s crew.
PNS BABUR, while maintaining a close liaison with CTF-151, tactically confined the pirates who failed to enter the enclosed citadel boundary of the merchant ship. Due to prompt action of Pakistan Navy and CTF-151, the pirates aborted the operation and fled away. Presently the vessel is safe and under control of crew onboard. Cognizant of its responsibilities, Pakistan Navy continues to maintain a vigilant watch and ready to respond to any situation at sea to safeguard national interest thus maintaining peace and stability in the region.