The incident occurred on March 28 southwest of Socotra, an island belonging to Yemen, in the Arabian Sea. The vessel was boarded by nine pirates, as reported by naval authorities on Friday.

MV Abdullah released by Somali pirates after 32 days in captivity MV Abdullah released by Somali pirates after 32 days in captivity

Responding swiftly, the navy's INS Sumedha and INS Trishul intercepted the vessel, initiating "over 12 hours of intense coercive tactical measures" that compelled the pirates to surrender, according to an official statement.

The captured pirates are being brought to India to face charges under domestic laws against piracy on the high seas, as per a separate statement issued by the navy on Saturday.

Following medical checks, the crew of 23 Pakistani nationals were deemed safe and permitted to resume their fishing activities.

This incident highlights a resurgence in piracy in the eastern region of the Red Sea after nearly a decade of relative calm. With Western forces focused on countering attacks by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi militants in the Red Sea, pirates have seized the opportunity, conducting over 20 hijackings since November.

This resurgence has led to increased insurance and security costs, posing additional challenges for global shipping companies.