Friday, March 18, 2011

Iran Navy dispatches '13th Fleet' to Gulf of Aden

The Iranian Navy dispatched its 13th flotilla of warships to the Gulf of Aden to defend the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against the continued threat of attack by Somali pirates.

"The Thirteen fleet of warships, comprised of Tonb [IRINS Tonb (LSLH 513) Hengam class landing ship logistic] and Delvar [IRINS Delvar (AEL 471) Delvar class support ship] vessels is tasked with boosting security for Iranian merchant containers and oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden and north of the Indian Ocean for a period of 60 days," Commander of Iran's First Naval Zone Fariborz Qaderpanah said on Thursday.

"Over the course of the last two years, the Iranian fleet of warships has successfully managed to display its powerful presence in turmoil-stricken Gulf of Aden, and foil any attempt to impair transportation routes along the country's sea border," Qaderpanah added.

The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

Hengam class landing ship logistic

Delvar class support ship

File photos: Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, 15th Edition and the U.S. Navy

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