Iranian navy wards off pirate attack on megaship in Gulf of Aden
.IRANIAN naval units say they have prevented a pirate attack on an
Iranian controlled 297,013-ton tanker displaying a Maltese flag. Sunday, 05.Jun.2011, 23:59 (GMT+3)
IRANIAN naval units say they have prevented a pirate attack on an
Iranian controlled 297,013-ton tanker displaying a Maltese flag, reports
The Damavand was attacked by a speedboat carrying seven armed pirates
while sailing in the Gulf of Aden, south of Yemen, according to news
reports from the region, which said the incident marked the Iranian
navy's 11th confrontation with pirates this year.
The involvement of the navy was said to have prompted the pirates to flee and the vessel was able to continue on her journey.
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari was quoted as
saying, "Iran's navy fleets have escorted almost 1,000 Iranian
commercial ships and oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden ... over the past
two years," said the report.