Aug 10, 2022 16:05 UTC
  • Iran: Navy thwarts overnight pirate attack on its merchant vessel in Red Sea

Iranian naval forces thwarted an overnight pirate attack on one of the country’s merchant vessels in the Red Sea following a heavy exchange of fire, a senior commander said Wednesday.

Navy's deputy head of operations, Rear Admiral Mostafa Tajeddini, said the escort flotilla of the army's naval unit, led by the locally-manufactured destroyer Jamaran, promptly responded to a distress call from an Iranian ship in the Red Sea, and engaged with the attacking boats.

“Thanks to the effective [naval] presence and after heavy exchanges, the attacking boats made off,” the senior commander noted.

He, however, stopped short of providing details of the ship that was targeted or the forces that launched the overnight attack.

It's not the first time Iranian vessels have faced an attack. On May 18, Iranian naval forces rescued a trading vessel from a pirate attack in the Red Sea.

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said at the time that one of the country’s merchant ships in the area requested help after coming under attack from pirates.

He noted that the Iranian Navy units, tasked with escorting trade vessels, were immediately dispatched to the zone, and took action against the assailants.

The attackers were forced to flee after an exchange of fire with the Iranian naval forces, the commander said, adding that the trade ship was en route to its destination.

Naval forces had prevented pirates from hijacking one of the country’s trade vessels in the Gulf of Aden less than a week earlier.