Iran Navy thwarts 'pirate attack' on merchant ship in Red Sea

Flotilla headed by frigate 'Jamaran' opened fire on 'suspicious boat with 12 armed people' in Bab Al Mandeb strait

(FILES) In this file image grab taken on December 27, 2019 from footage obtained from Iranian State TV IRIB, shows a view of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy frigate "Jamaran" during Iran-Russia-China joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman. An Iranian warship was accidentally hit by a missile during exercises in the Gulf of Oman, killing at least one, state television said on May 11, 2020, amid tensions with the US in the waterway. The friendly fire incident involving the Konarak vessel occurred on Sunday afternoon near Bandar-e Jask, off the southern coast of the Islamic republic, it said on its website. Tasnim news agency said in an English-language tweet that the Konarak had sunk after being hit by the missile fired by another Iranian warship. "Konarak was 'sunk by friendly fire' after Moudge-class frigate 'Jamaran' accidentally shot (it) with a missile during live firing exercise in Jask area of #PersianGulf waters on 10th May." - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - AFP PHOTO / HO / IRIB" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES, AFP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE'S EDITORIAL CONTENT, DATE AND LOCATION WHICH CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED  - NO RESALE - NO ACCESS ISRAEL MEDIA/PERSIAN LANGUAGE TV STATIONS/ OUTSIDE IRAN/ STRICTLY NI ACCESS BBC PERSIAN/ VOA PERSIAN/ MANOTO-1 TV/ IRAN INTERNATIONAL
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An Iranian flotilla stopped a pirate attack on an Iranian merchant vessel in the Red Sea, the country's navy said on Friday.

It said Iran Navy vessels confronted “pirates in the Red Sea” in the incident on Thursday.

This is the second such incident in the stretch of water in less than a month.

“A suspicious boat with 12 armed people on board approached the Iranian merchant ship in Bab Al Mandeb,” state news agency Irna reported.

The Bab Al Mandeb strait connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.

When the flotilla, which was led by the Jamaran frigate, opened fire on the vessel, it left the area, Irna reported.

On August 10, a senior Iranian navy commander said the same naval flotilla thwarted an overnight attack on another Iranian vessel.

Admiral Mustafa Tajeddini said that, following a request for help by an Iranian ship in the Red Sea, the vessels were sent to the scene.

“After heavy exchanges, the attacking boats made off,” he said.

In November last year, pirates attempted to seize an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, Irna reported at the time.

Two weeks earlier, an Iranian warship repelled an attack by pirates against two oil tankers that it was escorting in the Gulf of Aden.

Iran seizes US sea drones

On Friday, Iranian state TV reported that the Jamaran had seized but later released two US unmanned vessels in the Red Sea on Thursday.

It said the sea drones were jeopardising maritime safety.

The report comes after the Pentagon said on Tuesday that an Iranian ship seized an unmanned US military research vessel in the Arabian Gulf.

"The [Iran Navy] frigate Jamaran seized the two vessels on Thursday to prevent any possible accident after issuing warnings to the US fleet," the Iranian state TV report said.

"After international shipping lanes were secured, the two vessels were released in a safe area."

Footage appeared to show more than a dozen Iran Navy personnel pushing two drones into the sea from the deck of their vessel.

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.

Updated: September 02, 2022, 12:11 PM
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