New Delhi, India (BBN) – The Indian Navy has commenced patrolling the seas in approaches to the Gulf of Aden from October 23, 2008, the minister said on Monday.  

The Directorate General of Shipping also issues advisories to the ship-owners’ informing them of Indian Navy patrolling plan in order to avoid attacks from pirates, Shipping Minister G. K. Vasan said in the parliament (Lok Sabha) in the capital, New Delhi.  

The minister also said that though there have been some attempts, no Indian ship has been hijacked by sea pirates during the last three years. However, Somali pirates hijacked three Indian dhows in 2009.

BBN/SS/SI/AD-21July09-3:53 am (BST)