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January 6, 2012 2:02 pm

US Navy Saves Iranians From Pirates

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USS John C. Stennis. Photo: Ron Reeves, USN

Bloomberg  – The U.S. Navy said it rescued 13 Iranian fishermen held hostage by pirates in the Northern Arabian Sea days after an Iranian military leader warned against sending a U.S. aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf.

A boarding team from the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd — part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group — detained 15 suspected pirates aboard the fishing dhow, the Al Molai, according to a statement today from the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs Office. The dhow had been abducted and used as a “mother ship” for pirate operations throughout the Persian Gulf, according to the Navy.

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