The Iranian Navy’s 32nd fleet has foiled an attack on an Iranian oil tanker in international waters in the northern parts of the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.
According to the navy’s public relations department, a group of pirates on speedboats moved towards the tanker near Yemen’s Al-Mukalla port, but turned away after the fleet launched an attack.
The 32nd flotilla is part of the Iranian Naval units, comprising the Jamaran and Bushehr destroyers.
The vessels returned to the region after taking part in the Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) war games in Iran’s territorial waters and Northern Indian Ocean last month, the Fars News Agency reported.
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Maritime Security News:
As the internet would say, “Oh, rlly?” The monsoon in the Indian Ocean Region is not the only source of hot air, given this report. As usual, it’s highly unlikely that any third party will confirm this latest “thwarting” of pirates by the Iranians. Still, never let the truth get in the way of a good story, eh? What is alarming, however, is how often these news items are picked up by other outlets and touted as fact, when no proof or confirmation is ever forthcoming.