India returned runaway Dubai princess to protect strategic interests

India located the United States-flagged yacht, Nostromo, some 50 km off the coast of Goa

USNS Bowditch, South China Sea, oceanographic survey ship
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A 2002 photo of the oceanographic survey ship, USNS Bowditch, which deployed the underwater drone seized by a Chinese Navy warship in international waters in South China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Praveen Swami New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi authorised a secret Coast Guard operation to intercept a yacht carrying runaway Dubai royal Latifa Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum after key national security officials advised it was necessary to secure India’s counter-terrorism and strategic interests, highly placed government sources have told Business Standard.

The unprecedented March 4 operation involved three Coast Guard ships, including the state-of-the-art offshore patrol vessels Samarth and Shoor,  helicopters and a maritime surveillance aircraft.

India located the United States-flagged yacht, Nostromo, some 50 km off the coast of Goa.
 
New Delhi has so far declined to either confirm or deny the operation took place. 

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First Published: Apr 27 2018 | 7:02 AM IST

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