Mar 08, 2019 12:40 Asia/Tehran
  • Attacked Iranian oil tanker in Gulf of Aden rescued by Iranian Navy

Iranian Navy's 60th fleet foiled a pirate attack on an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday morning, Islamic Republic of Iran Navy's public relations department said in a statement.

Iran Press/Iran news: An Iranian oil tanker carrying more than 150,000 Ton oil products came under attack by 11 boats of pirates, but rescued due to the timely action of the anti-piracy servicemen of the Iranian Navy's 60th fleet.

The pirates' attack happened when the Iranian oil tanker was near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait in the Gulf of Aden.

The Iranian Navy's 60th fleet was operating in the area to protect merchant and commercial shipping. The timely action by the Iranian Navy forced the pirates to flee, and the attack on the oil tanker was foiled.

The 60th fleet of the Iranian Naval group including Bainder Destroyer, Bushehr Logistical navy warship, and Lavan Supportive navy warship are part of the anti-piracy operation 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.

In recent years, Iran’s naval forces have increased their presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and oil tankers.

In this regard, the Iranian Navy unit escorted more than 400 merchant ships and carried out emergency operations to force the pirates to escape more than 300 times.

The Gulf of Aden, which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea, is the quickest route for thousands of vessels traveling annually between Asia, Europe, and the Americas. 205/103

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