WARNING: This post may contain sarcasm.
You have to admire the Iranian Navy. EU NAVFOR, NATO, the Combined Maritime Forces, China, Russia and South Korea all have warships and naval vessels cruising the High Risk Area off East Africa at any given time, but they clearly don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to finding Somali pirates.
The Iranians, meanwhile, are like piracy sniffer dogs and their merchant ships seem to be covered in some sort of pirate cat nip. No other country’s merchant fleet seems to suffer as many pirate attacks as Iran and no other navy seems to score as many successes or “thwart” so many pirate attacks.
They’re clearly doing something right as the latest news from Iran suggests. According to a press report carried by PressTV, Iran’s naval forces have “thwarted” not one but two pirate attacks in recent days. Naturally, those days are not specified. Nor are the coordinates of these epic naval battles. Indeed, if history is repeated, there won’t even be confirmation from official reporting authorities.
The Iranian report, lacking in virtually any detail, simply says that an Iranian oil tanker came under attack not once but twice in the Bab el Mandeb Strait, but that Iranian naval forces were able to “thwart” the attacks. They enjoy a good thwart.
Quoting Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the news item said: The warships of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Navy have provided full security for voyages of Iranian vessels,”.
Last month, Iran claimed to have “thwarted” over 150 pirate attacks on Iranian merchant vessels in the last four years.