|Iranian Navy rescues Indian oil tanker from pirate attack||
TEHRAN – The Iranian Navy’s 30th Fleet has thwarted an attempt by pirates to hijack an Indian oil tanker in the Red Sea, Rear Admiral Siavash Jareh announced on Sunday, according to the public relations department of the Iranian Navy.
The deputy commander of the Navy for operations said that the Iranian naval warships intercepted seven pirate boats that had surrounded and attacked the tanker and forced them to flee after clashing with them.
He also said that the tanker was not seriously damaged in the attack, adding that the tanker’s captain thanked the Iranian fleet in a radio message.
The Navy’s 30th Fleet, which is comprised of the Alvand destroyer and the Bushehr logistic warship, will dock in Port Sudan in the next few days, the Navy’s statement said.
The fleet has recently been sent to the open seas to provide security for Iranian commercial ships and oil tankers.
During its mission in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the Bab-el-Mandeb, the fleet will protect Iranian commercial ships and tankers against pirate attacks, according to Navy officials.
Pirates operating off the coast of Somalia have expanded the reach of their hijacking attacks on merchant vessels and oil tankers in the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea in recent years, making tens of millions of dollars in ransom, despite the fact that dozens of foreign naval vessels are patrolling the area.
Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the commander of the Navy, also announced on Sunday that a number of Iranian warships and submarines, which had been sent to Oman last week, docked in Pakistan on Friday. He did not give further details about the mission of the naval vessels in Pakistan.
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