Underlining that in the recent years, there have been 189 cases of intense battles against pirates, the Iranian Navy’s Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari stated that, “in the past few days, due to the peaceful conditions at the sea, pirates had increased their activities and the Iranian naval flotilla had to thwart their attacks for several times.”
“In the last clash which broke out on Monday, an Iranian oil tanker was attached by several pirate boats equipped with heavy machine guns and was released by the 35th fleet of the Iranian Navy,” added Sayari.
The navy commander stated that, “the Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and its nearby regions are being protected by Iran’s Navy.”
Pointing to the security of the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb Strait with the help of Iran’s maritime forces, he stressed that, “ensuring security for the country’s economy in international waters is of utmost importance and failing to do so will definitely bring about severe problems for the economy.”
“The world economy has seen major losses in the past few years due to the threats proposed by the terrorist pirates in the Gulf of Aden,” added Sayari emphasizing that, “following the command of the Leader, Iran’s Navy has been able to completely restore security in the region and so far we have managed to safeguard 2700-2800 merchant vessels and tankers.”
“Iran’s Navy has managed to foil several attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers during its missions in international waters,” concluded Admiral Sayari.