Iran Navy commandos repel pirates' attack on Iranian supertanker
An Iranian supertanker carrying tons of crude oil could escape a pirate attack in the Indian Ocean due to the timely reaction of the Iranian Navy commandos dispatched to the area, Fars news agency reported.
A statement issued by the public relations office of the Iranian Navy on Sunday said Iran's oceangoing supertanker, Voyager 1, came under attack by two pirate speedboats in the Indian Ocean off the Pakistani Southwest coasts but was saved unhurt, thanks to the vigilance and timely action of the Iranian Navy commandos.
The statement added that the tanker is now on its way to the Far East.
On March 17, the Iranian Navy dispatched its 13th flotilla of warships to the Gulf of Aden to defend the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against the continued threat of attack by the Somali pirates.
Over the course of the last two years, the Iranian warships have successfully managed to display their powerful presence in the turmoil-stricken Gulf of Aden and foiled the Somali pirate attacks along the country's sea border.
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.
According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.
The Gulf of Aden - which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea - is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.