TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (Press Shia) – Naval forces have successfully saved an Iranian-owned trade ship from pirates in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.
At the entrance to the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb, eleven fast boats of Somali pirates intended to attack on an Iranian commercial vessel though prompt presence of the Navy’s 44th fleet thwarted their plot.
Taking advantage of large amounts of windfall profit gained by attacking commercial vessels and oil tankers of other country, pirates have managed to purchase large fuel boats and extended their routes to wider areas far from Somalian waters.
It is worth noting that the Navy’s 44th fleet, comprising Alvand destroyer and Bushehr logistic vessel, has been active in uncharted waters since October 06, 2016 and will return home on March 05 to set a new record by accomplishing a five-month mission.
In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has been also 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.