Baku, Azerbaijan, June 2
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
The 30th naval fleet of Iran has repelled two attacks against an Iranian ship near the Gulf of Aden on June 2.
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that the Iranian ship came under pirate attack twice in the morning in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which connects the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea, but Iranian naval forces managed to thwart their attempt, Iran's State IRINN TV reported on June 2.
"Early in the morning the pirates attacked the Iranian ship with 8 speed boats. The special team of the 30th naval fleet foiled the attack," Sayyari said.
The commander went on to add that the pirates attacked for second time a few hours later with 15 speed boats, which were forced to flee by Iran's navy.
In recent years, Iran's Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.
In line with international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has also been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.
The Iranian Navy has managed to foil several attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers during its mission in international waters.
On February 13, Sayyari said Iran's naval forces thwarted over 150 pirate attacks on Iranian merchant vessels and oil tankers in the past four years.