Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the vessel was attacked by pirates in the north region of the Indian Ocean and instantly dispatched an alert call, on which responded the Iranian naval forces.
With a strong presense in the Sea of Oman, Persian gulf and the high seas the Naval forces of Iran takes it upon itself to help cargo vessels that dispatch distress signals after being attacked by pirates, stated the commander.
“Today, the Iranian Navy is so powerful that it will be present in the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean whenever required,” Sayyari said.
The Navy forces of Iran have increased their presence and activity in international water in the recent years, which includes the Bab el-Mandeb strait, northern tip of the Indian Ocean and Red Sea, to protect naval routes and merchant ships.
The Iranian navy has been monitoring and conducting patrols in the pirate region Gulf of Aden since 2008 in effort to safeguard merchant tankers and container ships or leased by Iranian government or other countries.
The Naval forces of Iran have successfully thwarted a few piracy attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers during its mission in international waters.