May 16, 2022 13:37 UTC
  • Iranian Navy rescues Omani launch, fishermen stranded in northern tip of Sea of Oman

An Iranian Navy's fleet of warships has rescued the crew of an Omani launch that had been stranded at the northern tip of the Sea of Oman and off the strategic Makran Coast due to a technical defect.

According to Press TV quoting the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy’s Public Relations Department, the vessel was in trouble in international waters when the Iranian Naval team patrolling in international waters around the coastal zone received a distress call and was dispatched to the area.

The Iranian Naval team rescued the launch and its crew members.

Given the severe damage that the Omani vessel's propulsion system had sustained, an Iranian Navy’s tugboat towed the ship to Makran Coast, and handed it over to Iranian coastal guards.

The development came only a few days after Iranian Naval Forces prevented pirates from hijacking one of the country’s merchant ships sailing in the Gulf of Aden.

The Iranian cargo vessel came under attack from pirates early on Friday, and the Iranian Navy’s escort team was dispatched to the area after having received a mayday call.

The pirates were later forced to flee following an exchange of fire with marines on board the Iranian Navy’s 80th Flotilla of Warships.

In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, safeguarding merchant containers and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran or other countries.

Iran’s Navy has managed to foil several attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers during its missions in international waters.

Currently, the 80th Naval Fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran, including Alborz destroyer and Bushehr naval escort ship, are operating in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden for convoy of vessels including merchant ships and oil tankers.