Iranian Navy foils pirate attacks on foreign ships
The Iranian Navy has reportedly foiled two separate pirate attacks on two foreign cargo vessels in the Gulf of Aden, according to a military official quoted in local media.
Deputy commander of the Iranian Navy, rear admiral Mahmoud Mousavi said the Navy’s 35th Fleet was informed on Wednesday night of an attack by pirates on a foreign cargo ship.
The fleet, the closest military unit to the ship, arrived on station as the attack was underway and repelled the suspected pirates using its heavy artillery, he said.
Four hours later, another foreign cargo ship reported it was being pursued. Mousavi said that the navy believes the second attack was carried out by the same suspected pirates and they were once more forced to flee.
Six armed pirate boats were involved in the first attack and 12 boats took part in the second, he added, but no damage was sustained by the merchant vessels as the Iranian Navy intervened before shots were fired.
This was the Iranian Navy’s 188th interception of suspected pirates targeting Iranian and foreign shipping, the commander noted.
Comprising Bandar Abbas logistic warship and Alvand destroyer, the 35th fleet of warships departed for the Gulf of Aden in late June on anti-piracy patrols.
The Iranian navy has conducted anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden and Bab el-Mandeb Strait since 2008.
Under the terms of several UN Security Council resolutions, nations can deploy warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia to protect their vessels against pirates.