Tensions off Yemen have escalated as Houthi rebels launch attacks on US destroyers, aso the US Navy knocks our rebel radar sites, and as the Iranians send a largely symbolic squadron of just two small warships, erroneously described as destroyers in some reports.

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"Iran's Alvand and Bushehr warships have been dispatched to the Gulf of Aden to protect trade vessels from piracy," the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported on October 13.  From Radio Free Europe

Tasmin further stated:

Iran’s 44th flotilla, comprising Alvand destroyer and Bushehr logistic warship, has been dispatched to the Gulf of Aden and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait to protect the country’s trade vessels against piracy in the unsafe zone.

The Iranian fleet will head for the waters near Somalia and Tanzania afterwards through the Indian Ocean.

Meanwhile, Jane's says:

US Navy (USN) vessels operating near Yemen launched attacks against three coastal radar sites in response to being fired upon on 9 October and again on 12 October.

Mason and Nitze are Arleigh Burke-class (Flight IIA) guided missile destroyers. The Flight IIA is no longer armed with Harpoon surface-to-surface missiles. (IHS)

Arleigh Burke-class (Flight IIA) destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), on 13 October in early morning local time, struck "three radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen's Red Sea coast," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.

FROM janes.com


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