Iran's naval forces fight off pirate attack on merchant ship
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 22
By Temkin Jafarov, Saeed Isayev - Trend:
Early morning on Feb. 22, seven pirate boats tried to take over an Iranian merchant ship in Red Sea, but were confronted by Islamic Republic's 29th naval fleet, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Feb. 22.
Iran's 29th naval fleet was in the area, doing special exercises, when the pirates tried to capture a merchant ship floating nearby, Iran's Deputy Navy Commander Rear Admiral Siavush Jarreh said.
The commander went on to add that the shoot out with the pirates lasted for several hours, after which the attackers had to flee.
Jarreh noted that the merchant ship received some damage as a result of the clash with the pirates, thus the fleet's repairmen took care of the damages, and the ship was escorted by the fleet.
On January 9, Iran's 28th Naval Fleet repelled another attack against the country's merchant ship, which was under attack from 8 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.
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.