Iran’s Navy Foils 2 Pirate Attacks on Foreign Cargo Ships

Iran’s naval forces saved two foreign cargo vessels from pirates in two separate operations in the Gulf of Aden, a military official announced.

Deputy Commander of Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi said the Navy’s 35th Fleet of warships was informed on Wednesday night of an attack by pirates on a foreign cargo ship.

The fleet, which was the closest military unit to the ship, managed to arrive at the scene in the right time, repelling the attackers using its heavy artillery, he noted.

Four hours later, he added, the pirates tried to attack another foreign cargo ship, but they were once again faced with the Iranian navy’s rapid reaction and fled towards Somalian coasts.

Six heavily equipped pirate boats attended the first attack and 12 boats took part in the second one, he stated, adding, however, that the cargo ships have not incurred any damages thanks to the Iranian fleet’s rapid reaction.

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