Iranian, Chinese, and Russian Navies Refused to Aid M/V Tutor

The Motor Vessel (M/V) Tutor was struck by a Houthi missile on June 12th, resulting in the death of a mariner and the loss of the vessel as it was abandoned and is currently taking on water in the Red Sea.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Chinese, Russian, and Iranian navy vessels refused to answer Tutor’s distress calls. The claims read below:

On June 14, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea responded to distress calls from the Tutor. Aircraft from the cruiser and partner forces helped evacuate all personnel from the vessel. This operation took place in the Red Sea and within range of Houthi weapons, making it a risky and complex operation…

Iranian, Russian and Chinese naval vessels were among the ships within response distance that did nothing to assist the Tutor.”

This is the second instance in which the Chinese Navy refused to aid a M/V struck by Houthi missiles, further demonstrating the incompetence or malice of their naval forces which are supposedly deployed in anti-piracy operations. The unwillingness or inability of these nations to render aid to a commercial vessel reveals a more nefarious motivation to have a navy base in the critical Bab al-Mandab Strait.