The 13th fleet of Warships of the Iranian Navy has came back home on Saturday after a strenuous 44-mission accomplishment in the Gulf of Aden, where the country had to defend its cargo ships and oil tankers against a bombardment of assaults by Somali Pirates.
The Iranian Navy’s 13th fleet of warships was consisting of Tonb and Delvar vessels.
Ebrahim Ashkan, the Iranian Navy’s Southern Fleet Rear Admiral, has welcomed the fleet’s personnel on Saturday, praising them as the pride of the nation and Army.
Ashkan said that the 13th fleet, during this mission, has covered 1,215 seafaring miles, which shows the competence and attentiveness of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s naval forces.
Since November 2008, when Somali raiders seized an Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen, anti-piracy patrols on the Gulf of Aden have been carried out by the Iranian Navy.
Dissimilar countries can send their warships to the gulf of Aden, as said by the UN Security council decleration. Sending off warships to the coastal waters of Somalia against pirates, ad even with preceding notification to Somali government, entering the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates is permitted.
The Gulf of Aden is an important energy corridor, mainly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal. It is also connected to the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea.