Iranian Navy saves oil tanker from pirate attack
The Iranian Navy has prevented a pirate attack on an oil tanker during routine patrols of the 35th fleet, according to Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari.
Coming just says after simultaneous attacks on shipping in the region, during which the Iranian Navy intervened, the location of this latest attack has not been disclosed, but Sayari said that, “the Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and its nearby regions are being protected by Iran’s Navy.”
“in the past few days, due to peaceful conditions at the sea, pirates have increased their activities and the Iranian naval flotilla had to thwart their attacks several times,” Sayari added.
“In the last clash on Monday, an Iranian oil tanker was attached by several pirate boats equipped with heavy machine guns and was released by the 35th fleet of the Iranian Navy,” he said.
Pointing to the security of the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb Strait with the help of Iran’s maritime forces, he stressed that, “ensuring security for the country’s economy in international waters is of utmost importance and failing to do so will definitely bring about severe problems for the economy.”