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Iran directs more naval ships to fight pirates

Iran directs more naval ships to fight pirates

Tehran: The Iranian navy is sending a new armada of warships to fight Somali pirates. ??A senior naval commander, Fariborz Qaderpanah, said Wednesday that the navy has decided to send more ships to the Gulf of Aden to protect Iranian merchant containers and oil tankers from Somali pirates in the volatile waters. ??"The dispatch would be Iran's fourth," said Qaderpanah, and would include the Alborz warship and the Bushehr logistic vessel. ??The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.   [12/11/09]

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