TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian warships rescued an Iranian cargo ship from a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced on Monday.
“The Navy’s 30th Flotilla rescued the Iranian ship near Bab-el-Mandeb strait (in Gulf of Aden),” Admiral Sayyari told reporters on Monday.
He said 23 pirate boats planned to hijack an Iranian ship, but failed due to the timely action of the Iranian warships, adding that “the Iranian vessel was escorted to a safe zone by the Iranian fleet” .
The Iranian Navy commander said the 30th Flotilla comprising Alvand destroyer, Bushehr logistics-combat vessel that started its mission in May continued its voyage towards Southern Africa after the incident.
The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.
According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.
The Gulf of Aden – which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea – is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.
The Bab-el-Mandeb is a strait located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, and Djibouti and Eritrea in the Horn of Africa. It connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.
Maritime Security News Note:
23 skiffs? That’s an impressive attack force. The combined strength of several pirate gangs rolled into… no, it’s no good. I can’t keep a straight face reading this story. I look forward to seeing the incident report turn up via official agencies… which it won’t.