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Monday, November 09, 2015

U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report 5 October - 4 November 2015

ONI's unclassified Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report covering 5 October - 4 November 2015:
TThe Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) message provides info on piracy threats to, and criminal action against, merchant vessels worldwide in the last 30 days. This report is produced primarily to inform merchant mariners and naval forces.

Didn't make the report yet, but there is an interesting story out of Somlia, "Four Iranian hostages freed in Somalia". Interesting because the rescue was done by a Somali force:
Four Iranian fishermen have been freed in Somalia after security forces rescued them from a pirate gang, security officials said on Thursday.

Local elder Mohamed Moalim Abdirahman said the men appeared "healthy" despite their ordeal, but that the pirate gang still held as many as nine other hostages, all believed to be from Iran.

"Security forces rescued four Iranians who have been held hostage by pirates," said Abdirahman Mohamed, a security official in central Somalia's Galgadud region.

"Two of the kidnapers were arrested during the raid on a house where they held the victims," Mohamed added.
Not to be too cynical, but I wonder who forgot to pay their "hostage tax."

"IRINSJamaran" by Aspahbod 
By the way, when last heard from the Iranian Navy was still "foiling" pirate attacks "somewhere on the high seas." As seen in the above WTS Report, no other nation has reported major pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden or nearby. Here's the Iranian - uh - "story" from 27 Oct 15:
Iran’s Navy chief Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the country's naval forces have successfully thwarted a pirate attack on an Iranian oil tanker in high seas.

Sayyari added that pirates in seven boats were attempting to seize the Iranian oil tanker Tuesday morning but they were overpowered after Iran's domestically-manufactured Jamaran destroyer was called in and opened heavy fire on the pirates.

The assailants were then forced to flee, the commander said.

He noted that the 36th fleet of the Iranian Navy, comprising Jamaran destroyer and the Bushehr logistic vessel, is currently on a mission in high seas to provide security for merchant vessels and to display the Islamic Republic’s might.

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