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Iranian Alvand class frigate at sea. Imge: PH1 Alex Hick DoD

An Iranian warship responded to a distress signal from the US-flagged Maersk Texas, a cargo ship of 150 metres (500 feet) and 14,000 tonnes, which was besieged by “several pirate boats,” the navy said in a statement reported by the official IRNA news agency.

The cargo vessel “was saved by the navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran” on Wednesday, IRNA added.

The pirates “fled the scene as soon as they spotted the presence” of the warship. Maersk Texas “thanked the Iranian navy and sailed towards its destination safely,” it added.

It was the first time the Iranian navy protected a US ship from pirates.

Source: AFP

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