TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) – The Iranian Navy commander has said that a pirate attack on an oil tanker was foiled by the 35th fleet of the Iranian Navy.
Underlining that in the recent years, there have been 189 cases of intense battles against pirates, the Iranian Navy’s Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari stated that, “in the past few days, due to the peaceful conditions at the sea, pirates had increased their activities and the Iranian naval flotilla had to thwart their attacks for several times.”
“In the last clash which broke out on Monday, an Iranian oil tanker was attached by several pirate boats equipped with heavy machine guns and was released by the 35th fleet of the Iranian Navy,” added Sayari.
The navy commander stated that, “the Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and its nearby regions are being protected by Iran’s Navy.”
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Maritime Security News:
There are a great many international naval vessels in the Gulf of Aden. From convoy escort programmes operating with MSCHOA through to EUNAVFOR, NATO, the CMF and the Saudi coalition fighting houthis in Yemen. None of them, not one, has reported a pirate attack. Yet the Iranian Navy have managed to foil three in the last two weeks. Draw your own conclusions…