A senior Iranian commander says the country’s naval forces have rescued an Iranian merchant vessel which had come under attack by pirates in the Arabian Sea.

Admiral Shahram Irani, Iranian Navy’s second-in-command to the deputy commander for operations, said that the Iranian freighter came under attack in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday morning after several armed people on board eight boats approached the ship.

The commander stated that Iran’s 28th naval flotilla – comprising Alborz destroyer, Bandar Abbas auxiliary ship, super-heavy Younes submarine as well as a Bell 212 Twin Huey helicopter – rushed to assist the cargo ship upon its distress call. […]