An Iranian warship on Saturday prevented an attack by pirates against two oil tankers that it was escorting in the Gulf of Aden.
n fact, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said on Saturday that the special forces of the Iranian Army’s Navy fended off an attack by pirates on an Iranian cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden in a successful operation.
The Iranian commander said that the 78th flotilla while escorting two Iranian tankers on Saturday morning was attacked by five pirate boats, which they consider as maritime terrorism, and it was repelled by the appropriate and timely reaction of the Iranian Navy’s special forces.
He noted that with the timely action by the Navy’s special forces, the two oil tankers safely crossed the Gulf of Aden region, and now Iranian and other countries’ vessels are passing through the area safely, and so far no particular cases have been observed in the area.
“The destroyer Alborz was escorting two oil tankers when they were attacked by five pirate ships,” he said, noting that Iranian shots were fired, forcing “the attackers to leave the area.”
To remind, Iran’s navy has extended its reach in recent years, dispatching vessels to the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirate attacks.