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[News] First deadly Houthi shot in the Gulf of Aden. A seriously damaged ship (v2)

(B2) The MV True Confidence, a Barbados-flagged Liberian bulk carrier, was hit on Wednesday (March 6), at approximately 11:40 a.m. (local), by an anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) while transiting the Gulf of Aden at approximately 54 nautical miles southwest of Aden.

Three dead, three seriously injured

The damage is significant in human terms: “ three dead, at least four injured, including three in critical condition » according to CentComUS. The crew had to abandon ship via lifeboats. They were picked up aboard the Indian warship Kolkata. Several coalition warships came to the rescue of the ship, in particular to help the crew. NB: Shortly before, around 3 a.m. local time, the ship had received a VHF radio call from an entity claiming to be from the Yemeni navy, according to the British Maritime Surveillance Center (UKMTO).

Significant damage, fire on board

The damage is also important » for the ship. In the evening of the same day (March 6), the bulk carrier was “ reported adrift with persistent fire on board » reports a military source. The objective is to tow it. If the information is confirmed, this would be the second ship destroyed or disabled by the Houthis. This demonstrates a certain escalation in the tension between Houthis and war forces on site.

The 100th incident

This is the 100th incident of this type recorded by international forces since the start of Houthi attacks, notably the spectacular capture of a merchant ship in the Red Sea in November (read: [News] The Houthis hijack an “Israeli” ship in the Red Sea. Several European sailors captured).

Another attack in the Gulf of Aden

This is the fifth anti-ship ballistic missile fired by the Houthis in the last two days according to CentCom. Another merchant ship, the MSC Sky II, a container ship belonging to the Italian-Swiss company MSC and flying the Liberian flag, was hit on Monday (March 4) by a missile 85 nautical miles southeast of Aden, which caused a fire (quickly brought under control). Attack claimed by the Houthis. A final missile was shot down by the American ship USS Carney (DDG 64).

A chase in the Gulf of Oman

Further east, at 21°02 North and 061°54 East, on Tuesday (March 5), a merchant vessel reported having been approached “ suspiciously » by a fast boat. Despite increasing his speed, the chase continued, “ for almost an hour » according to maritime sources. Pursuit which “ didn't stop until nightfall ».

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Updated on True Providence ship damage and attack in Gulf of Oman

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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