News ID: 323407
Published: 0329 GMT August 10, 2022

Navy repels attack on Iranian ship in Red Sea

Navy repels attack on Iranian ship in Red Sea

An Iranian naval flotilla thwarted an overnight attack on an Iranian vessel in the Red Sea, a senior commander said on Wednesday.

“The escort flotilla of the naval arm of Iran’s Armed Forces, headed by the destroyer Jamaran, promptly deployed to the scene last night after receiving a request for help from an Iranian ship in the Red Sea, and engaged with the attacking boats,” said Deputy Navy Commander Admiral Mostafa Tajeddini.

“Thanks to the effective naval presence and after heavy exchanges, the attacking boats made off,” he told national television.

Tajeddini did not give details of the ship which was targeted, or of whoever was suspected of mounting the attack.

Piracy and other minor incidents are not unusual in the oil-rich region, however, while seizures and other more serious confrontations are less frequent, they can threaten shipping on one of the world’s busiest commercial cargo routes.

Like other countries dependent on the shipping lane through the Red Sea and Suez Canal, Iran stepped up its naval presence in the Gulf of Aden after a wave of attacks by Somalia-based pirates between 2000 and 2011. But the number of attacks has fallen sharply in recent years.

In November 2021, however, pirates attempted to seize an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden. And two weeks earlier, an Iranian warship repelled an attack by pirates against two oil tankers that was escorting in the Gulf of Aden.

“One of the core tasks of Iran’s Navy is to secure shipping lanes and defend the country’s interests in the high seas. For this reason, the navy’s escort team, under the command of the destroyer Jamaran, is on a mission in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea,” Tajeddini said.


Resource: Tasnim News Agency
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