Houthis Target British, Greek Ships in Red Sea

February 6, 2024 6:43 PM - Updated: February 6, 2024 9:45 PM
Red Sea. NASA Photo

The Houthis launched missiles at two ships they said are American and British, according to a post on social media site X.

Houthi spokesman Big. Gen. Yahya Sare’e announced via X that the Houthis targeted Star Nasia and Morning Tide.

The Houthis fired six anti-ship ballistic missiles, Central Command announced in a news release Tuesday night. Three of the missiles were aimed at Star Nasia, with three others likely targeting Morning Tide.

Star Nasia sails under the flag of the Marshall Islands and is owned by Greek company Star Bulk. The company reported that the ship had sustained damage from an explosion while it was transiting the Gulf of Aden, but the crew did not sustain any injuries, according to the Central Command release. The second of the missiles landed in the water while USS Laboon (DDG-58) shot down the third.

Morning Tide sails under a Barbados flag and is owned by British company Furadino Shipping, according to Reuters. The three missiles all landed in the sea, according to Central Command.

Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters Tuesday that she had seen reports of Houthi activity in the Red Sea but did not have additional details, adding that Central Command would release more information.

The Houthis and the United States have been trading strikes since Jan. 11, when the U.S. and United Kingdom joined together to strike several Houthi targets in Yemen. Since Jan. 11, the Houthis have launched drones and missiles at least 14 times at ships in the Red Sea, according to USNI News’ timeline of Red Sea activity.

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio is a reporter with USNI News. She has a master’s degree in science journalism and has covered local courts, crime, health, military affairs and the Naval Academy.
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