Navy Thwarts Pirate Attacks on Oil Tankers

Navy Thwarts Pirate Attacks on Oil TankersNavy Thwarts Pirate Attacks on Oil Tankers

The Navy's 33rd fleet repelled pirate attacks on two Iranian oil tankers in the high seas.

The 33rd fleet, comprised of a destroyer, a logistic-combat warship and a submarine, rescued the tankers from pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden, IRNA reported.

Earlier this week, the fleet saved another Iranian oil tanker when it came under attack by four pirate boats approximately 75 nautical miles off Yemen's coastal city of Mukalla.

In mid-January, the navy's 33rd fleet set sail on a mission to the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea to protect cargo ships and oil tankers in international waters.

In recent years, the navy has been increasing its presence on the open seas to protect shipping routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.

In line with international efforts against piracy, the navy has also been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to protect the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.