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Iran's Jamaran destroyer foils piracy bid
Tue Nov 8, 2011 8:57AM
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Iran's first domestically-built destroyer, Jamaran
Iran's naval forces on board the domestically-built Jamaran destroyer have foiled a pirate attack on an Iranian oil tanker in Hanish Al Kubra Island, Southern Red Sea, a Navy commander says.

Jamaran destroyer, on its first international mission, rescued the Iranian oil tanker from pirates Tuesday morning during its second anti-piracy operation, Iranian Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi said.

He added that the tanker was attacked by two pirate speedboats in the Red Sea but brave Iran's naval forces managed to save it following a serious clash with pirates, IRIB reported.

The tanker safely crossed the danger zone and was escorted by naval forces to a secure place, the commander noted.

Mousavi stated that Jamaran destroyer is the symbol of Iran's marine might and is ready to carry out important missions.

On October 22, Jamaran destroyer saved an Iranian oil tanker attacked by 15 pirate speedboats near the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.

Iran's 16th fleet of warships, which include the Jamaran destroyer and the Bandar Abbas frigate, embarked on its first mission in international waters on October 9 as part of the efforts to provide security for Iranian trade vessels in piracy-infested areas.

Iranian naval forces are conducting active patrols in international waters, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea region and Indian Ocean.

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