Iranian Navy helps U.S. ship survive pirate attack- Navy commander
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 6
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said an Iranian destroyer helped a U.S. ship survive a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden.
"The ship had been surrounded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. But, the Iranian destroyer helped it survive a dangerous situation," Iran's Mehr news agency quoted Sayyari as saying on May 6.
The Iranian Navy has been actively patrolling in the Gulf of Aden and the Bab-el Mandab for 6 years to deal with piracy, said Sayyari.
At present, 34 Iranian fleets are present in the region, he added.
The U.S. sent a Navy destroyer to the Strait of Hormuz after Iranian patrol boats seized a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship amid signs Tehran is stepping up harassment of commercial traffic in the gateway to the Persian Gulf.