U.S. Navy Rescues Iranian Hostages

U.S. Navy Media Content Service via Landov

A handout photo dated 05 January 2012 and made available by the U.S. Navy Media Content Service on 06 Januaray 2012 shows the guided-missile destroyer 'USS Kidd' (DDG 100), in background, responding to a distress call 05 January from the master of the Iranian-flagged fishing dhow 'Al Molai' (foreground), who claimed he was being held captive by pirates in the Arabian Sea. A 'USS Kidd's visit, board, search and seizure team, boarded and detained 15 suspected pirates, who were reportedly holding a 13-member Iranian crew hostage for the last two months. The 'USS Kidd' is conducting counter-piracy and maritime security operations while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

The U.S. Navy has rescued 13 Iranians who were being held hostage by pirates, the Pentagon said Friday. While details are scarce, the news comes only one day after Iran warned the U.S. to keep its operations out of the Persian Gulf—a warning that included this rescue mission. Fifteen suspected pirates have been captured and are being held by the Navy.