Somalian pirates are the scourge of the high seas and who knows that better than the Indian Navy which has been battling them for years now — with mixed success. While many have been successfully chased and captured, there have been instances when the pirates have managed to take our Navy men hostage. It’s not as if only our Naval forces have been the only victims of these ruthless outlaws - the Americans have some horror stories to recount as well. When Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha — who heads the Western Naval Command — heard that a film starring Tom Hanks based on the real life ordeal of Richard Phillips (the captain of a US-flagged cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama which was abducted by Somalian pirates) was coming to India, he picked up the phone and made a call to the Indian distributors of the film. His request was almost immediately granted. Today 200 Navy officers will be descending on Inox theatre at Nariman Point for the special screening organised just for them. How’s that for an interesting training session?
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