Iran's Navy Forces rescue country's merchant ship from pirates

Photo: Iran's Navy Forces rescue country's merchant ship from pirates / Iran

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 28 / Trend, S. Isayev, T. Jafarov

Iran's Navy Forces have today rescued country's merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden, ISNA News agency reported.

According to Commander of the Iranian Navy for Operations Admiral Siyavush Jarreh, five speedboats with armed pirates attacked Iranian merchant ship.

He went on to add that Iran's Navy forces were in the area, and came to the ship's rescue.

The commander went on to add that eventually the pirates had to flee after Iranian naval forces took swift action to repel their attack.

Earlier in October, another pirates' attempt to hijack an Iranian vessel carrying Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) near the Gulf of Aden off the coasts of Somalia, was foiled by the timely action of the Iranian warships present in the region.

Jarreh said armed pirates on a speedboat attacked an Iranian vessel carrying LNG, but they had to flee after Iranian naval forces took swift action to repel their attack.

The commander added that the incident happened at Ras Al Mukalla near the Gulf of Aden.

He said the Iranian vessel, escorted by the Navy's 27th fleet, safely continued with its journey.

In relevant remarks late September, Commander of the Iranian Army's 4th Naval Zone Admiral Khordad Hakimi told FNA in the Northern port city of Anzali, "The Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy has escorted 1,538 cargo ships in the Gulf of Aden so far."

The Iranian Navy in August dispatched its 27th flotilla of warships to the high seas to protect the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.

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.

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