Houthis Attack U.S. Warship, Strike British Tanker

Houthis Attack

Houthis Attack, Despite American and British efforts to stop the attacks, the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen continue to target US warships and commercial vessels in the Red Sea, Bab Al Mandeb Strait, and the Gulf of Aden.

Houthis Attack U.S. Warship, Strike British Tanker

Houthis AttackThe Houthis, a militia also known as Ansar Allah that has taken control of much of northern Yemen, including the capital Sana’a, fired an anti-ship ballistic missile at the USS Carney, an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, while it patrolled the Gulf of Aden today. U.S. Central Command reported that Carney shot down the missile.

Also today, the Houthis attacked the MT Marlin Luanda, a British-owned oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden. The Marlin Luanda is “carrying naphtha, a highly-flammable refined or partially refined petroleum product,” according to gCaptain, a nautical news site. The ship is on fire and has requested help. The Houthis claimed credit for striking the Marlin Luanda.

“Yemeni naval forces carried out a targeting operation on the British oil ship (MARLIN LUANDA) in the Gulf of Aden, using several appropriate naval missiles. The strike was direct, and the vessel was burned,” Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree posted on his official X feed.

Furthermore, the Houthis forced two US merchant marine vessels, the Maersk Detroit and Maersk Chesapeake, which are “carrying cargo belonging to the U.S. Department of Defense,

U.S. Department of State, USAID, and other U.S. government agencies,” to turn back from the Bab al Mandeb Strait after being attacked, according to gCaptain. CENTCOM stated that the USS Gravely fired down two Houthi missiles, one of which landed in the sea near the Maersk Detroit.

All three strikes occurred in the Gulf of Aden, where the Behshad, an Iranian intelligence ship that provides intelligence and targeting information to the Houthis so that they may carry out their attacks, is operating.

The United States and the United Kingdom have launched repeated attacks on Houthi missile launch and storage sites, radars, and other infrastructure, but have avoided hitting Behshad and other Iranian assets that support Houthi attacks.

Even as the Houthis expand their strikes near Yemen’s coast, American officials have claimed that the US is not at war with them. The United States has struggled to form a coalition to combat the Houthis.

Only 11 countries have joined Operation Prosperity Guardian, a defensive mission to guide ships through hazardous waters. Only two of the six countries involved in Operation Prosperity Guardian are conducting offensive attacks against the Houthis, with the United States and the United Kingdom providing military support.

 

 

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