The Iranian Navy foiled a pirate attack targeting a Filipino-flagged cargo ship on Sunday, March 8th while the ship was sailing in the Sea of Oman.
Panama-Gade’s crew requested assistance from the Iranian Navy’s 33rd flotilla having been approached by an armed group of pirates in motorboats.
The ship managed to avoid being boarded despite persistent efforts of the pirates that chased the ship for several hours in their motorboats.
The navy forces rushed to the scene and managed to thwart the attack forcing the group to flee the scene, Fars News Agency reports.
The freighter was escorted to safe waters of Pakistan thereafter.
The 33rd flotilla of the Iranian Navy has had several encounters with pirates during its patrol as it fended off pirate attacks on two Iranian oil tankers in February.
World Maritime News Staff