Bulker survives multiple missile strikes as Houthi attacks mount

Shipowners and charterers who are averse to taking calculated risks with their ships, cargo and crew may have to divert even further to avoid Houthi attacks. Yesterday came news that a Greek-owned bulker, the Laax, had survived being struck by three Houthi missiles in the Red Sea while the U.S.-flagged Maersk Hartford was one of two vessels targeted in the Arabian Sea.

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), reports that, between 12:05 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. (Sanaa time) May 28, Iranian-backed Houthis...


New Houthi targets pounded after attack on TSP tanker Torm Tor

The U.S. and the U.K. on Saturday launched a fresh wave of attacks on Houthi targets in Yemen after the Iranian-backed terrorist organization continued its attacks on shipping in the Red Sea. Among the most recent reported by U.S. Central Command was a February 24 incident that saw the USS Mason (DDG 87) shoot down one Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile (ASBM) launched into the Gulf of Aden from Iranian-backed Houthi controlled areas of Yemen. CENTCOM says the missile was likely targeting MV Torm Thor,...


U.S. owned bulker Genco Picardy hit by Houthi drone

Genco bulker hit by drone


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— United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) (@UK_MTO) January 17, 2024

Yesterday, at approximately 8:30 pm (Sanaa time) the U.S. owned bulker, the M/V Genco Picardy was hit by a Houthi drone when 60 nautical miles southeast of Aden, Yemen. Fortunately, no seafarers were injured and the vessel remained seaworthy. Within hours, U.S. Central Command forces...


Greek owned bulker is latest ship hit by Houthi missile

While efforts to degrade the capabilities of the Houthis to attack merchant shipping continue, they have not yet put a stop Houthi missile attacks on ships. Yesterday, (see earlier report) Gibraltar Eagle, a Marshall Islands flagged ship owned and operated by Stamford, Conn., headquartered Eagle Bulk Shipping, was struck by what U.S. Central Command says was an anti-ship ballistic missile fired from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen. The vessel reported no injuries or significant damage.



Navies swat down Houthi missile onslaught

The U.S. Navy and the U.K. Royal Navy have shot down a barrage of Houthi missile and drone attacks launched towards international shipping lanes in the Red Sea by Houthis this morning,

Following the Houthi missile onslaught, U.S. Central Command released the following statement:

HMS DIAMOND, along with US warships, has repelled the largest attack by the Iranian-backed Houthis in the Red Sea to date.

Destroying multiple attack drones with her guns and sea viper missiles. pic.twitter.com/kFjFKj6...


10 Houthis killed in attack on Maersk Hangzhou

Underscoring the continuing threats facing commercial shipping in the Red Sea, U.S. Central Command has reported on two attacks by Houthis on the Maersk Hangzhou containership. In the second, ten Houthis died.

USS GRAVELY shoots down two anti-ship ballistic missiles while responding to Houthi attack on merchant vessel.

Today at approximately 8:30 p.m. (Sanaa time), the container ship MAERSK HANGZHOU reported that they were struck by a missile while transiting the Southern Red Sea. The… pic.twi...


Houthi missile hits Norwegian tanker Strinda

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis are escalated the attacks on merchant shipping that began with the hijacking of the car carrier Galaxy Leader. Yesterday, the group followed up on a threat to target all ships heading for Israel with a missile strike on the Norwegian-flagged tanker Strinda.

CENTCOM Statement on missile attack in the Bab-el-Mandeb
At around 4 p.m. EST on December 11, the Motor Tanker STRINDA was attacked by what is assessed to have been an Anti-Ship Cruise Missile (ASCM) launched...


Report to Congress on Israel and U.S. Relations

The following is the Aug. 15, 2023, Congressional Research Service report, Israel: Major Issues and U.S. Relations.

From the report

Israel has forged close bilateral cooperation with the United States in many areas. A 10-year bilateral military aid memorandum of understanding commits the United States to provide Israel $3.3 billion in Foreign Military Financing and to spend $500 million annually on joint missile defense programs from FY2019 to FY2028, subject to congressional appropriations. Some...


Navy Talks Details on LCS Mine Countermeasures Mission Package

MCM UUV in the mission bay of an Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship. US Navy Photo

After several years of delays, the Navy’s mine countermeasures mission package for the Littoral Combat Ship has finally reached its initial operating capability.

Last year, the Navy tested the mission package and its systems aboard Independence-class LCS USS Cincinnati (LCS-20), leading the service to announce last week that the MCM mission package achieved the IOC milestone.

The mission package includes...


Carrier USS George H. W. Bush in Eastern Mediterranean in Joint U.S.-Israel Exercise Juniper Oak

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group sails in formation with the Israeli Navy during exercise Juniper Oak 2023-2, Jan. 24, 2023 in the Mediterranean Sea. U.S. Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) is participating in the Juniper Oak, joint drills between Israel and the United States in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The exercise kicked off on Sunday and will include assets from across the U.S. military branches, U.S. Central Command said in a news release this week.



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