Iran navy saves US freighter from pirates

2012-05-24 16:03

Tehran - Iran's navy said on Thursday it saved an American-flagged cargo ship that was being attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Oman.

An Iranian warship responded to a distress signal from the US-flagged Maersk Texas, a cargo ship of 150m and 14 000 tons, which was besieged by "several pirate boats", the navy said in a statement reported by the official IRNA news agency.

The cargo vessel "was saved by the navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran" on Wednesday, IRNA added.

The pirates "fled the scene as soon as they spotted the presence" of the warship. Maersk Texas "thanked the Iranian navy and sailed towards its destination safely", it added.

It was the first time the Iranian navy protected a US ship from pirates.

Maersk had sailed from the UAE port of Fujairah, south of the Strait Hormuz at the entrance of the Gulf, and was headed for the United States.

Iran's navy keeps a presence in Gulf of Oman to protect cargo ships and transiting oil tankers and also defend the country against potential threats.

According to Iranian commanders, Iran's navy have carried out hundreds of anti-piracy operations, engaging in hundreds of armed clashes with pirates in the past three years.

The US navy patrolling the area have on a number of occasions rescued Iranian ships. The latest incident was in January when a US warship secured the release of 13 Iranian fishermen near the entrance to the Gulf who had been held captive by pirates for 45 days.

  • Kato - 2012-05-24 16:13

    Nothing bad with that. Actually good. But nuclear weapons are not good. Problem is that others want others to stop manufacturing them whilst they themselves r busy doing so.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-24 16:50

      Get real. What did they actually do to 'save' them? "The pirates "fled the scene as soon as they spotted the presence" of the warship."

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-24 17:21

      The Iranian regime, distinct from the Iranian people, adjusts elections to hold onto power, supports the stoning of women, wants the destruction of Israel, denies the occurrence of the Holocaust which was the single biggest attempt at human genocide in the history of humankind, and abuses the Palestinians by arming them and inciting the to attack Israel almost daily. The rest of the world is reducing its nuclear weapons. Even the rogue, gun-running Russian regime is.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-24 19:26

      The way you distort information Patrick, it's probably a bad thing. :)

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-24 21:19

      I did. You've missed it unfortunately. :)

  • Neutedop - 2012-05-24 16:16

    Shows that the normal people in USA/Israel/Iran does not give a damn about politics. Get them all to sit round a table, and let the common person decide about Iran/Palastine/Israel/Libanon issues.

      bongani.m.mpostile - 2012-05-24 16:31

      Wow, atleast there are good people in Iran, better than their politicians...!

  • Phae - 2012-05-24 16:26

    If given the chance the majority of people are kind and humane, now let's see America reciprocate with a similar gesture, not in the form of money, food or a tv show.

  • nikondaniel - 2012-05-24 16:45

    A reminder for all of us; never generalize. Well done Iran! Good people are found everywhere.

  • malcolm.j.patterson.1 - 2012-05-24 17:29

    Go Iran, you beauties, pity the cowardly lot beat a hasty retreat otherwise you could have turned your guns on them and blown them out the water.

  • clive.brink - 2012-05-24 17:33

    War is not about whats right but rather about whats left!

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-05-24 17:44

    Blah blah blah Fred you seem to constantly repeat the same nonsense with no evidence to back it up. Iran adjusts elections? Rogue gun running Russian regime? Who are the biggest gun runners in the world Fred???????

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-05-24 18:11

      True Patrick. The only thing keeping the us economy hanging on by a thread is weapons sales and war!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-24 18:26

      No evidence? All you have to do is read. EVERYONE who has a clear mind knows the Iranian regime adjust elections. You don't. But then you believe the US attacked itself on 9/11. :) Putin's Russian regime is arming Bashar Assad, the unelected tyrant destroying Syria. Hello!

      Iqbal - 2012-05-24 18:40

      Hey Fred, how much do you get paid by Apartheid Israel for being a prostitute and spewing such filth and garbage? Really, how much? Your "stuck record" comments are a real giveaway and are extremely boring (yawn).

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-24 19:25

      Iqbal, why would I have to be paid to express myself? Is everyone who disagrees with you a paid agent? This is more misinformation you're allowing your co-dependent Ego to give you, which you're choosing to believe.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-24 19:53

      Patrick, again, saying that doesn't make it true. How do you know what I know? I choose what I know, as do you. You cannot choose for me.

  • Dee - 2012-05-24 17:51

    I love this article! Especially today. Sabre & Spear rattling by 'leaders' over mythical / satirical 'weapons' .... vs reality of ordinary decent people going about their business and getting along just fine.

  • bernard.bracka - 2012-05-24 19:38 ironic, did they organize the pirates. Just glad it was not an Israeli ship, we would be talking of another story.

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