Iranian Navy in 3 pirate battles

Fresh claims of action against Somali pirates. 

Iranian Navy Rescues Several Cargo Ships in Three Battles against Pirates in Four Days

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian warships patrolling the regional waters have rescued several trade vessels in three combat operations against sea pirates in the Red Sea during the last four days, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Tuesday.

“We have had three battles against pirates in the high seas, specially in the Red Sea, just in the current week, which has resulted in rescuing several Iranian ships from organized attacks by sea pirates,” the Iranian Navy commander said on Tuesday.

The Admiral said his forces conduct reconnaissance and relief operations in the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman and the Northern Indian Ocean.

The commander further pointed to the frequent cases of aid and assistance by the Iranian warships to the vessels of other countries in international waters, including “the rescue and escort of large trade ships and vessels of nearly 25 countries in the Gulf of Aden”.

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MSR Comment:
As is often the case, the alleged incidents involving the Iranian Navy remain unverified by independent reporting agencies and the military coalition in the region. At a time when piracy is being held in check by armed guards and the naval coalition, no one else is reporting as many piracy incidents as the Iranians. As a result, reports from Iran must be taken with a very large pinch of salt, particularly as they often occur in areas which see a high level of local, legitimate skiff traffic, unless verified by a trusted third party source.

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