Houthi rebels have sustained their series of maritime attacks, targeting the MV Star Nasia and the MV Morning Tide in the Gulf of Aden on February 6th. This incident occurred shortly after the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) conducted a defensive operation against explosive-laden Houthi drones on February 5th and followed a coordinated U.S.-U.K. offensive on February 3rd against 13 Houthi locations in Yemen. The attacks aimed to weaken the group’s ability to threaten maritime security but have not halted their aggressive actions at sea.
The missile assault on the MV Star Nasia, a Marshall Island-flagged, Greek-owned bulk carrier, and the MV Morning Tide, a Barbados-flagged vessel with British ownership, involved six missiles. One missile caused minor damage to the MV Star Nasia. Another missile failed to hit its target, and a third was intercepted by the USS Laboon, a U.S. Navy destroyer.