Iranian Navy fights off more pirates

Another claim made by country’s navy.

Iran’s 31st naval fleet foils pirate attacks on Iranian oil tank

By Umid Niayesh – Trend:

The 31st naval fleet of Iran has repelled three pirate attacks against an Iranian oil tank on Sept. 4.

The successive attacks, made by twelve pirate boats started early this morning and continued for eight hours, the Navy’s public relation department said, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

The incident took place in the Gulf of Aden. The pirates had to flee after Iranian naval forces took swift action to thwart their attacks.

The Gulf of Aden, which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea, is the quickest route for thousands of vessels traveling annually between Asia, Europe and the Americas. Iranian naval forces foiled four pirate attacks against Iranian ships in the region during the past week, the report said.

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Marsec Review:
Another day, another claimed battle with pirates by the Iranian Navy. Given that nobody else in the region is reporting pirate attacks, we must give full credit to the Iranians for being able to not only find pirate action groups of such size, but also to defeat them. Successive attacks by 12 pirate boats over an eight hour period? In the Gulf of Aden, one of the most heavily-trafficked bodies of water on the planet and yet the incident isn’t picked up elsewhere? It’s all too easy to be cynical but, at a time when some intelligence providers and risk companies are accusing PMSCs of talking up the threat of piracy, the Iranians seem to be doing a better job of it than anyone else.

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