Iranian naval forces free two oil tankers from pirates

Iran Materials 25 May 2012 15:25 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 25/ Trend F.Milad/

Iranian naval forces released two Iranian oil tankers which had been attacked by Somali pirates in international waters.

One of the tankers was sailing in the Gulf of Oman and the other one in the Gulf of Aden, the IRNA News Agency reported.

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari has said that Navy will dispatch its 20th flotilla of warships to the international waters.

"Iran's Navy will continue dispatching fleets of vessels in waters to protect naval routes and provide security for Iranian merchant vessels and tankers," he stated, the Fars News Agency reported.

Sayyari stated that the Iran's naval fleet will also protect vessels belonging to other countries.

In the latest development, an attempt by pirates to hijack a Panamanian ship was foiled due to the timely action of the Iranian fleet of warships present in the region.