US Navy Responds to Shocking Distress Call!

In an alarming incident that highlights the ongoing conflict between Iran and Israel, a U.S. Navy vessel responded to a distress call from an Israeli-linked tanker off the coast of Yemen on Sunday. The Liberian-flagged Central Park, carrying a cargo of phosphoric acid, was seized by armed gunmen while transiting the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTV) in the Gulf of Aden. The vessel is managed by London-based ship management company Zodiac Maritime, owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group.

The distress call was issued around 6 a.m. UTC, stating that the tanker was under attack by suspected pirates. As per sources, five armed gunmen boarded the vessel from a skiff and attempted to enter the safe room where the crew had taken shelter. However, the crew managed to hold them off and locked themselves in the Citadel. The gunmen eventually fled the scene and escaped to the shores of Yemen.

The U.S. Navy deployed personnel from the USS Mason, an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, to respond to the distress call. They pursued the suspects, and with the assistance of a Japanese destroyer, managed to arrest them. The suspects are now being questioned by the U.S. military under counter-piracy authorities. This incident highlights the important role of the U.S. Navy in maintaining the security of international waters and upholding maritime law.

However, the situation escalated when Houthi forces fired two ballistic missiles at the USS Mason in an attempt to hinder the arrest of the suspects. The U.S. Navy successfully tracked the missiles and they fell short, splashing in the Gulf of Aden without causing any harm. Fortunately, there were no casualties reported on either side.

Zodiac Maritime confirmed that the vessel and its crew were unharmed and the cargo was safe. They also thanked the swift response of international naval coalition partners in the region for their assistance. The company also expressed gratitude for upholding international maritime law and protecting assets in the area.

This is not the first time that Zodiac Maritime has been targeted amid the ongoing Iran-Israel conflict. Just this year, in July, an Israeli-operated tanker Mercer Street was attacked by a drone, which killed two of its crew members. The incident was attributed to Iran by the U.S. and Western nations.

The recent attacks on commercial vessels in the region have been linked to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. On Friday, another vessel, CMA CGM Symi, owned by another Israeli billionaire, was targeted by a suspected Iranian drone in the Indian Ocean. However, Iran has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

These incidents raise concerns about the safety of global shipping as the Israel-Hamas conflict continues to escalate. The Houthis also seized a vehicle transport ship in the Red Sea off Yemen, adding to the growing tensions in the region.