|From this link:
Negotiations having failed so far, the Indian Navy is ready with a contingency plan to rescue the 21 Indian and 11 other sailors held hostage on a cargo ship by Somalian sea pirates since late last month. Only sketchy details are known about the February 26 hijack. The fate of the Indians is also unclear.
It seems around 10 armed pirates forced their way on to the Bhaktisagar while it was passing Haradare, north-east of Mogadishu, the Somalian capital. After taking the sailors hostage, the pirates dropped anchor off the coast near Haradare. A $3,00,000 ransom demand has allegedly been made.
The navy was informed about the incident earlier this week. "We've been told that negotiations are currently on among the ship's Dubai-based agent, the Indian High Commissioner in Kenya and the hijackers," said a naval officer. "If we're asked to act, we will."
A navy ship will take two days to reach Haradare. "There is a laid down procedure to carry out such an operation," said the officer. "It's called VBSS (visit, board, search and seizure). We'll also need a green signal from Somalian authorities because it's not exactly a piracy on the high seas. The incident took place within the territorial waters of Somalia."
Two ships can be dispatched and can be parked at a distance away from the hijacked ship. "That itself could soften the pirates," said the navy officer. "After that, it's a game of psychology."
A small cargo ship, Bhaktisagar is registered in Porbandar, Gujarat. It was largely carrying rice and offloading its cargo at various ports in the Middle East.
I have a question. What are the capabilities of India's Special Forces? Since piracy is becoming a larger problem, with the publicity of piracy lately military solutions could become the norm, not the exception.
What are the preferred methods for Hostage rescue on ships at sea? Helicopter assault, VBSS, or are their other preferred methods? My questions don't apply only to India, although if anyone knows what the Indian capabilities are, I'd be curious.
Also, in the US would this be a job for the Navy SEALS, Marine Corp, or is this one of the missions intended for the Marine Corp in SOCOM?