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US Navy aids Iran fishing boat after pirate attack

Iran's coast guard calls US naval command in Bahrain to report attack and ask for help
USS Howard reached Iranian vessel and 'provided food and water, made repairs, and gave medical aid' (AFP)

An American destroyer has come to the aid of an Iranian fishing boat after a pirate attack off Yemen, the US Navy said on Wednesday.

Iran's coast guard called the US naval command in Bahrain to report Tuesday's incident and to ask for help after the attack south of Yemen's Socotra Island, the Navy said in a statement

The US command coordinated with an international naval task force, which is in the region to battle pirates.

Along with the Japanese destroyer JS Amagiri, the USS Howard reached the vessel and its sailors "provided food and water, made repairs, and gave medical aid to three injured civilian mariners," the statement read.

The coordination between Iranian authorities and the US stands in contrast to a series of recent encounters in which the US has complained of unprofessional Iranian naval behaviour.

For instance, in July, a US Navy patrol ship fired warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel in the Gulf as it closed in on the American vessel.

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