The Filipino ship "Panama-Gade” asked for help from the Iranian forces when pirates on board a number of motorboats equipped with light weapons chased it for several hours in the Gulf of Oman, according to the Iranian Navy’s public relations.
The report adds that the Iranian Navy dispatched a special operation team right away to the area on a frigate and a Ra’d (Thunder) vessel.
The pirates fled the zone seeing the Iranian forces approach, and the Iranian forces escorted the freight vessel as far as Pakistan’s water border.
The country’s naval forces have saved vessels from around 20 countries in the international waters from pirate attacks, Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said back in July 2014.
In recent years, Iran’s naval forces have secured their security griop in the international waters to secure naval routes and also protect merchant vessels and oil tankers against pirates.
Parallel to international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has launched anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden as well since November 2008 in a bid to safeguard the ships in the maritime trade section, in particular the vessels and oil tankers owned or leased by the Islamic Republic.