The Iranian Navy on Saturday thwarted an attempt by pirates to hijack an oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates, Press TV reported.
The UAE-flagged oil tanker was sailing from Bahrain to the Red Sea when it was attacked by two pirate boats.
An Iranian warship came to the Emirati's aid in response to a distress call, forcing the pirates to retreat.
The Iranian Navy has been conducting piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008.
Iranian warships have foiled seven piracy attacks since the start of the new Persian Year (March 21, 2011).
MOSCOW, May 7 (RIA Novosti)