US CENTCOM Confirms Houthi Attacks Against Three Commercial Vessels, Interception of Houthi Drones by USS Carney in Red Sea

US CENTCOM Confirms Houthi Attacks Against Three Commercial Vessels, Interception of Houthi Drones by USS Carney in Red Sea

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What to Know:

In a statement, the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed that there were four Houthi attacks against three separate commercial vessels transiting international waters in the Red Sea, adding that the “Arleigh-Burke Class destroyer USS CARNEY responded to the distress calls from the ships and provided assistance.”

A list of targeted vessels, as well as a timeline of events were provided, which goes as follows:

M/V UNITY EXPLORER

At approximately 9:15 a.m. Sanaa time, the CARNEY detected an anti-ship ballistic missile attack fired from Houthi controlled areas of Yemen toward the M/V UNITY EXPLORER, impacting in the vicinity of the vessel. UNITY EXPLORER is a Bahamas flagged, U.K. owned and operated, bulk cargo ship crewed by sailors from two nations. The CARNEY was conducting a patrol in the Red Sea and detected the attack on the UNITY EXPLORER.

At approximately 12 p.m., and while in international waters, CARNEY engaged and shot down a UAV launched from Houthi controlled areas in Yemen. The drone was headed toward CARNEY although its specific target is not clear. We cannot assess at this time whether the Carney was a target of the UAVs. There was no damage to the U.S. vessel or injuries to personnel.

In a separate attack at approximately 12:35 p.m., UNITY EXPLORER reported they were struck by a missile fired from Houthi controlled areas in Yemen. CARNEY responded to the distress call. While assisting with the damage assessment, CARNEY detected another inbound UAV, destroying the drone with no damage or injuries on the CARNEY or UNITY EXPLORER. UNITY EXPLORER reports minor damage from the missile strike.

M/V NUMBER 9

At approximately 3:30 p.m. the M/V NUMBER 9 was struck by a missile fired from Houthi controlled areas in Yemen while operating international shipping lanes in the Red Sea. The Panamanian flagged, Bermuda and U.K. owned and operated, bulk carrier reported damage and no casualties.

M/V SOPHIE II

At approximately 4:30 p.m., the M/V SOPHIE II, sent a distress call stating they were struck by a missile. CARNEY again responded to the distress call and reported no significant damage. While en route to render support, CARNEY shot down a UAV headed in its direction. SOPHIE II is a Panamanian flagged bulk carrier, crewed by sailors from eight countries.

Houthi Announcement:

Earlier today, the Houthis released an official statement saying that “the naval forces of the Yemeni Armed Forces, with the help of Allah, carried out a targeting operation against two Israeli ships in Bab al-Mandab, namely the “Unity Explorer” ship and the “Number Nine” ship. The first ship was targeted with a naval missile and the second ship with a naval drone.”

“The targeting operation came after the two ships rejected warning messages from the Yemeni naval forces. The Yemeni armed forces continue to prevent Israeli ships from navigating the Red and Arab Seas until the Israeli aggression against our steadfast brothers in the Gaza Strip stops.”

The statement went on to conclude that “The Yemeni Armed Forces renew their warning to all Israeli ships or those associated with Israelis that they will become a legitimate target if they violate what is stated in this statement and previous statements issued by the Yemeni Armed Forces.”

There was no mention of a strike against the M/V Sophie II by the Houthis.

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