Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 9
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
The 28th naval fleet of Iran has repelled a second attack against Iranian ships in 24 hours, Iranian Navy's Second-in-Command to the Deputy Commander for Operations Admiral Shahram Irani said, Fars news agency reported on Jan. 9.
The fleet saved an Iranian ship earlier this morning, after it nearly got attacked by eight pirate boats.
The incident took place in the Gulf of Aden. The pirates had to flee after Iranian naval forces took swift action to thwart their attack.
The 28th fleet also defended an Iranian oil tanker from 12 pirate boats yesterday morning in the Gulf of Aden.
In October 2013, Iran's naval forces rescued one of its country's merchant ships in Aden, which was attacked by five speedboats with armed pirates on board.
In September of 2013, Commander of the Iranian Army's 4th Naval Zone Admiral Khordad Hakimi said that Iran's Navy has escorted over 1,500 ships in the Gulf of Aden.
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.
Edited by C.N.