A business vessel is in flames within the Crimson Sea after being attacked by a minimum of one missile fired from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen, two U.S. officers inform The Battle Zone.

The M/T Strinda was attacked by a missile popping out of a Houthi-controlled space in Yemen, two U.S. army officers instructed The Battle Zone. The vessel is battling a fireplace, the officers stated. It was struck 60 miles north of the slender Bab el-Mandab Strait, a kind of officers instructed us. The Strinda is a Norwegian-owned chemical tanker, in accordance with its proprietor, Mowinckel Chemical Tankers AS.

The Arliegh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Mason responded to an emergency name and is now in sight of the Strinda, three officers instructed us. All three spoke on situation of anonymity to debate operational particulars.


This marks the second time in two weeks that the Mason has been concerned in a scenario involving missiles fired from Yemen. Nov. 27, two ballistic missiles fired from Yemen got here down within the Crimson Sea within the neighborhood of the destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87). On the time, the warship was concluding its response to a misery name from the M/V Central Park, a business vessel that had itself come beneath assault from a gaggle of armed raiders that had tried to board it.


The assault on the Strinda comes days after France stated one among its frigates within the Crimson Sea downed two Houthi drones flying towards it.


And that is simply the most recent case of Houthi missiles hitting business vessels. As we beforehand reported, on Dec. 3, three missiles fired from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen struck three business ships within the Crimson Sea Sunday, U.S. Central Command stated in an announcement. The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney responded to misery calls from two of these vessels and downed three drones approaching it.


On Saturday, at the side of the Military-Navy recreation, the Navy launched a video supporting the ocean service that includes vivid video of the Carney responding to Houthi assaults.


The Houthis have repeatedly attacked delivery within the Crimson Sea and launched missiles and drones at Israel. There have been a number of situations the place U.S. Navy vessels have additionally needed to shoot down Houthi drones and missiles. On Nov. 19, the Houthis staged a helicopter-borne raid on the Galaxy Chief, a Bahamian-flagged automobile provider transiting the Crimson Sea. The Houthis nonetheless maintain the ship and its 25 crew members. A U.S. army official instructed The Battle Zone it’s believed to be the primary Houthi helicopter-borne raid on a ship. You possibly can learn extra about these incidents and others involving the Houthis in our story right here.

Chatting with reporters Monday hours earlier than the most recent assault, Air Power Maj. Gen. Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon’s prime spokesman, had no particulars to supply on a brand new worldwide maritime effort to guard delivery there by the creation of a brand new activity pressure.

“We proceed to take this very significantly and we proceed to seek the advice of with allies and companions around the globe a few maritime activity pressure, in an effort to handle this,” Ryder stated.

This can be a growing story.

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We acquired extra details about what struck the ship in addition to the situation of the assault. The Strinda was hit by a land-based cruise missile about 60 nautical miles north of the Bab el-Mandab. Nobody was injured within the assault and no U.S. vessels had been close to it when the assault occurred, a U.S. official tells us.

We additionally up to date this story to vary the designation of the ship to M/T.

Contact the creator: howard@thewarzone.com

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