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Iranian Navy rescues oil tanker from pirate attacks
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at1(175).jpgTEHRAN – The Iranian Navy has thwarted an attempt by pirates to hijack an Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea, the Navy’s public relations department announced on Sunday.
 
According to the statement, the Iranian naval vessels intercepted eight armed pirate boats that had surrounded and attacked the country’s tanker and forced them to flee. 
 
The Navy’s 30th fleet, comprised of the Alvand destroyer and the Bushehr warship, left the country for international and open seas in late April and could dock in the Port Sudan and enter Tanzanian port of Dar as-Salam during its mission.  
 
At the time being, the fleet is on a mission to escort commercial vessels and provide security to the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.
 
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.
 
MT/PA

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