Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Iran Navy '14th Fleet' engages pirates in northern Indian Ocean

According to Fars News Agency:

A flotilla of Iranian warships repelled a pirate attack on an Iranian cargo ship after an hour-long crossfire in the Northern Indian Ocean.

According to a statement issued by the Navy's Public Relations Office on Tuesday, the Navy's 14th fleet of warships initiated timely action after it received an alert from Iranian cargo ship, 'Attar', and managed to thwart the pirates' attack after 55 minutes of clashes.

The Iranian Navy dispatched its 14th flotilla of warships to the Gulf of Aden earlier this month to protect the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against Somali pirates.

The 14th fleet of warships is comprised of IRI Bandar Abbas Warship and IRI Shahid Naqdi Destroyer.
File photos: click to enlarge
IRINS Shahid Naghdi (ex-US PF 104) Bayandor class corvette (FS 82)

IRINS Shahid Naghdi (stern view)

Foreground: IRINS Bandar Abbas, Bandar Abbas class fleet supply ship (AORLH 421)

Attar IMO 9074092 General Cargo / Bulkcarrier merchant ship

Peter Karberg at MarineTraffic.com
Mahmoud Sadeghi at Jamejam Online.ir

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