Iran’s naval forces have once again managed to repel a pirate attack on an Iranian oil tanker near the Gulf of Aden, inflicting heavy losses on the assailants, the commander of Iran’s Navy says.
An Iranian oil vessel came under attack by a group of pirates on a speedboat and a launch at the entrance to the Gulf of Aden on Saturday, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Monday
However, the attackers fled the scene after Iranian naval forces intervened and inflicted heavy losses on them, Sayyari added.
The senior Iranian commander further highlighted the Islamic Republic’s anti-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden, adding, “Pirates are present in the area and seize any opportunity to launch attacks on commercial ships and oil tankers.”
Sayyari also hailed the Iranian Navy for their capabilities in various spheres, stressing that the Islamic Republic’s naval forces plan to increase their presence in the high seas by entering the Atlantic Ocean waters through the African continent or the Strait of Gibraltar in the future.
On Sunday, Sayyari said the country’s naval forces had successfully foiled more than 150 pirate attacks on Iranian merchant vessels and oil tankers and escorted 2,000 commercial ships in the past few years.
In recent years, Iran’s Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.
In line with international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has also been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.
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