Foreign Policy

Iran's Navy Claims it Rescued U.S. Ship From Pirates

| by Michael Allen

The Iranian navy is claiming that it rescued the Maersk Texas, a U.S. flagged cargo ship that was reportedly under attack from pirates, according to the official IRNA news agency.

The IRNA stated that the cargo ship was "was saved by the navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran" after pirates "fled the scene as soon as they spotted the presence" of the Iranian navy.

The IRNA also said that the Maersk Texas "thanked the Iranian navy and sailed towards its destination safely."

However, this account has been disputed by the Maersk Texas. 

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The company's spokesman Kevin Steers told the AFP via email that the Iranian Navy did not help and it was the Maersk Texas that "thwarted an attack by multiple pirate skiffs at noon local while transiting the Gulf of Oman, northeast of Fujairah."

"Maersk Texas heard from the Iranian navy over radio to the initial distress call, but our vessel received no assistance from the Iranian navy. All hands onboard are safe and unharmed, and the vessel is proceeding on its voyage."