Just days after Iran warned the U.S. to keep its warships out of the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy rescues an Iranian ship from Somalian pirates. A little "thanks" might be in order, huh Iran?
Sources report that on Thursday the American forces covering the U.S.S. Kidd, a guided-missile destroyer, responded to distress calls from an Iranian fishing vessel, the Al Molai. The ship had been held captive by Somalian pirates for 40 days. Ironically, the U.S.S. Kidd was sailing the Arabian Sea after leaving the Persian Gulf per warning by Iran and their over-the-top display of war ships on Tuesday.
The U.S. rescued 13 crew members that were being held captive by 15 Somalian pirates.The Somalians were using the Al Molai as the headquarters for their pirating in the Persian Gulf. The pirates surrendered quickly and without resistance when the Navy search and seizure team arrived.
The actions of the U.S. Navy in this situation reflect their commitment to duty despite tensions between U.S. and Iran. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stated in a CBS interview, slated to air on Sunday, "It's what we do. And it's what we do in that part of the world. We get a distress call, as we did in the case, even though it came from an Iranian ship when the pirates went after them we respond to those calls."
Even though Iran was throwing a fit over recent U.S. economic sanctions on their ability to sell petroleum, the rescue of the Iranian ship is a celebratory event. Somalian pirates are no joke and by saving the ship, the U.S. Navy not only rescued 13 people but stripped the Somalians of their latest Persian Gulf headquarters.