Pyle: Red Sea Operations Demonstrate Importance of Trainers for Surface Community

Sailors train on a navigation simulator at the Mariner Skills Training Center Pacific in San Diego, Calif., on Feb 13, 2023. USNI News Photo

The decade-long $6 billion investment in live, virtual and constructive training for the surface community is paying dividends in the Red Sea, the Navy’s director of surface warfare said Tuesday.

Instead of “figuring out on the fly” how to apply “defense in depth,” as USS Mason (DDG-87) had to do when attacked by two cruise missiles in the Red Sea in 2016,...

Houthis Threaten to Expand Range of Targets in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden

Houthi anti-ship ballistic missiles.

The Houthis will target any ship it believes is connected to a company supplying Israel and block it from passing through the Red Sea if Israel invades Rafah in the Gaza strip, its military spokesman announced via social media Friday.
The Houthi threat also includes targeting any ship heading to Israel that it can reach with its missiles and attack drones, including those approaching the country from the Mediterranean Sea, Houthi Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare’e said...

Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Back in Red Sea, Passes 200-Day Deployment Mark

Sailors participate in flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in the Red Sea, March 21, 2024. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is back in the Red Sea and has been deployed for more than 200 days, according to USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker data.
Ike transited the Suez Canal late last month, moving into the Mediterranean Sea after operating in the Red Sea for almost four months, USNI News previously reported

Houthis Resume Near Daily Red Sea Activity, Claim to Hit Israel-Linked Ship in Indian Ocean

Houthi Anti-Ship Missiles on parade. Houthi Image

The Houthis have fired drones and missiles into the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden almost daily following a nine-day break.

Houthi activity slowed on April 16 but picked up again with an April 24 attack on Maersk Yorktown. It’s the second time the commercial vessel has been targeted by the Yemen-based group.

U.S. Central Command reported Houthi activity on April 24-26 and April 28 and 29, with the Houthis most recently claiming to have hit a...

Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Now in the Mediterranean Sea

Ens. Hunter Riportella relays information from the bridge aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) during a vertical replenishment with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) while the ships operate in support of Operation Prosperity Guardian (OPG) in the Red Sea, Jan. 8, 2024. US Navy Photo

After almost four months on station in the Red Sea, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and USS Gravely (DDG-107) transited the Suez Canal on...

Houthis in failed attack on U.S.-flagged Maersk Yorktown

Attacks on Maersk Yorktown and other ships are hitting Suez Canal transits

After a period with few reports of Houthi activity, the Iranian-backed group has resumed its targeting of merchant shipping, with Al Arabiya and other regional news outlets quoting the Houthi’s military spokesman as saying the group had attacked the “U.S. ship Maersk Yorktown and an American destroyer in the Gulf of Aden and Israeli ship MSC Veracruz in the Indian Ocean.”

According to U.S. Central Command: “At 11:51 a.m. (Sanaa time) on April 24, a coalition vessel successfully engaged one...

VIDEO: Iran seizes Israeli-linked MSC Aries

With two of its ships having previously been attacked by Houthi missiles, with one of them, the MSC Sky II, receiving damage, Mediterranean Shipping Corporation must be aware of the dangers of routing vessels through politically troubled waters. Now, as widely reported over the weekend, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy on Saturday seized the Portuguese-flagged containership MSC Aries, which is leased by MSC from Zodiac Maritime affiliated Gortal Shipping Inc., part of the Zodiac...

U.S. sanctions Houthi-linked vessel Lady Sofia

Continuing to try to stem the flow of Iranian funding to the Houthis, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action March 15 against a Mumbai-headquartered, Marshall Islands-registered, shipping company Vishnu Inc., saying that its vessel, the Lady Sofia, has been involved in illicit shipments to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in support of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and Houthi financial facilitator Sa’id...

Houthis target Vietnamese-owned tanker, threaten attacks in Indian Ocean

The situation in the Red Sea gets no calmer. Today brought a report from UKMTO of a Houthi attack on a merchant vessel 76 nautical miles west of Al Hudayah. While UKMTO initially reported the master as saying that the vessel had been struck and had sustained some damage, in a subsequent update, the master reported that, upon a daylight inspection, it was found that the vessel had sustained no damage and was proceeding on its voyage.



Houthis target SeaLead containership Pinocchio

The latest merchant vessel targeted by the Iran-backed Houthi terrorist groups is the Liberian-flagged containership Pinocchio, which according to the Equasis data base is operated by Singapore headquartered SeaLead Shipping Pte. According to vessel tracking sites, the ship was en route from Jeddah to the Suez Canal at the time of the attack.



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