The US Central Command (Centcom) announced that the aircraft carrier Eisenhower (IKECSG) was attacked by ballistic missiles as it crossed the Strait of Hormuz in preparation for entering the waters of the Arabian Gulf.
The command said in a statement on the “X” platform: “On November 26, the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG) completed the crossing of the Strait of Hormuz to enter the waters of the Arabian Gulf while the strike group continues to support the tasks of the US Central Command.”
She added: “While in the Arabian Gulf, Eisenhower patrols to ensure freedom of navigation in key international waterways while supporting US Central Command requirements throughout the region.”
Eisenhower’s move came after the Central Park ship, owned by the Israeli Ofer family, was attacked near the coast of Aden, Yemen.
The Central Command statement stated that on November 26, 87 USS MASON (DDG, along with allied ships from the Anti-Piracy Task Force (TF 151) and associated aircraft, responded to a distress call from the merchant ship M/V CENTRAL PARK. I was attacked by an unknown party.
The statement added that upon their arrival, the coalition forces demanded the release of the ship, after which five armed individuals got off the ship and tried to escape in their small boat, but the coalition forces chased them, which led to their surrender.
The statement continued that on November 27, two ballistic missiles were launched from areas controlled by the Houthis in Yemen towards the location of the American aircraft carrier USS MASON (DDG 87). The missiles landed in the Gulf of Aden at a distance of ten nautical miles from the ship without causing damage or harm. Injuries.
General Michael Eric Kurella, Commander of US Central Command, said: “Security of the maritime domain is essential to regional stability, and we will continue to work with allies and partners to ensure the safety and security of international shipping lanes, according to the statement.”
Armed men had earlier seized a tanker loaded with phosphoric acid in the Gulf of Aden, according to Embrey, a maritime security company.
The company said in a statement, “The Houthis previously threatened to attack the ship if it did not divert its course towards the port of Hodeidah.”
The company added: “There are citizens from Russia, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Georgia, India and the Philippines on board the tanker.”
Later, Al Hurra Channel said that the US Navy released the tanker, noting that the US Navy ship “Mason” “responded to a distress call from the chemical tanker ‘Central Park’ and was able to protect it and helped ensure the safety of the tanker.”
On November 19, the Yemeni Houthi group announced the “kidnapping” of an Israeli ship, which Tel Aviv later denied, confirming that the ship was owned by a British company and operated by a Japanese company, denying that there were Israelis on board.
The Houthi group has previously vowed to target ships owned or operated by Israeli companies “to support the Gaza Strip,” calling on countries to “withdraw their citizens working on the crews of these ships.”