Irony: U.S. Navy Rescue Iranian Fishermen Captured by Pirates

Posted by on Jan 06, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Surely, this good deed will be punished.

The US Navy has rescued 13 Iranian sailors who were being held hostage by pirates in the Gulf of Oman.

Ironically, the forces that came to their assistance were assigned to the USS John C. Stennis strike group — the same aircraft carrier that was subject to an Iranian threat just days earlier amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran over the Islamic Republic’s pledge to close the Strait of Hormuz.

US forces swung into action at 12:30pm local time Thursday after a Navy helicopter spotted a suspicious skiff alongside an Iranian-flagged boat and picked up a distress signal from its captain, the US Navy said in a statement.

A counter-piracy team from the Navy destroyer USS Kidd boarded and detained 15 pirates who had been holding the boat’s crew hostage for more than a month, using their ship, the Al Molai, as a launch pad to mount raids on other vessels.”The Al Molai had been taken over by pirates for roughly the last 40-45 days,” said Josh Schminky, a Navy Criminal Investigative Service agent aboard the Kidd.

“They were held hostage, with limited rations, and we believe were forced against their will to assist the pirates with other piracy operations.”

Schminky said the hostages were given food, water, and medical care.

“They had been through a lot. We went out of our way to treat the fishing crew with kindness and respect,” he added.

The captured pirates are currently on board the Stennis while authorities consider prosecuting them.

Oddly enough, there’s no mention of this from Iran’s state television.

2 Responses to “Irony: U.S. Navy Rescue Iranian Fishermen Captured by Pirates”

  1. Rich on 6/06/12 at 6:48 pm

    If the Iranian gov’t makes any comment at all, it will be to accuse the U.S. of masterminding a plot to have these pirates kidnap Iranian sailors, hold them for ransom and then have the U.S. Navy swoop in to rescue them.

  2. MikeInOhio on 7/07/12 at 8:06 pm

    ‘consider prosecuting them’…
    Given our recent reluctance to treat pirates as pirates, perhaps the best course would be to turn them over to the Iranians.