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The Iranian Navy vs Somali pirates

The
number of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden has steadily increased
over the past few years and Somali pirates once again chose to attack
in this stretch of water as they seized control of a Chinese
freighter. A gang of pirates attacked the Xianghuamen vessel close to
the Iranian port of Chabahar at around 9am on Friday 6th
April, boarding the vessel, holding the crew at gunpoint and
successfully hijacking the ship.

At the time of the attack the
Chinese government stated that they were unaware of the crew numbers
aboard the Xianghuamen and were also unsure of its previous and
intended destinations. This sparked criticism of the Chinese
government and citizens were pessimistic about the chances of
determining the location of the ship, yet the government stated that
they had deployed their emergency response team and were also working
closely with the Iranian navy and government officials.

However
later that day it was announced that the Iranian navy had caught up
to the ship and managed to reclaim it, safely releasing the 28 crew
members confirmed to be aboard the vessel at the time. After contact
with Chinese officials they deployed 2 navy warships to track the

Xianghuamen and these vessels caught up to the freighter as a result
of their superior speed. Reports suggest that a combination of
pressure from the Iranian ships and a mechanical problem on the
freighter led to the surrender of the Somali pirates, regardless of
the motives the pirates did surrender and threw their weapons
overboard.

This
is not the first time that the Iranian navy have had to overthrow
pirates following an attack in the Gulf of Aden, earlier this month
an Iranian cargo vessel was seized by pirates in the Gulf and after a
week long struggle the navy overthrew the pirates by themselves
boarding the vessel. However this time it appears the Iranian navy
are intent on reducing the likelihood of further attacks as part of
their anti piracy mission,
after discovering one of the world’s most infamous pirates aboard the
Xianghuamen the Iranian navy decided to take the man known as the
‘pirate
king’
captive. Mohamed Garad, who has successfully hijacked many
ships and claimed ransoms in excess of $1 million, orchestrated the
seizing of the Chinese freighter and once he was discovered aboard
the Iranian navy wasted no time in restraining him and transferring
him to an Irani prison.

Less
than a week after the attack on the Xianghuamen, Danish authorities
also thwarted an attack by Somali pirates demonstrating that global
navies were beginning to become effective in the war on piracy. The
Danish
Navy’s Absalon vessel stopped a vessel hijacked by Somali pirates and
overthrew the 16 pirates aboard to safely free the 12 hostages
trapped aboard, the ship was patrolling waters close to the Horn of
Africa as part of Nato’s counter piracy initiative, Ocean Shield. The
operation is a collaborative effort by multiple navies and attempts
to deter and thwart piracy attacks in Africa, The Middle East and
across the globe.

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