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Maersk Ships in Houthi Missile Attack

The recent Houthi missile attack on two Maersk vessels in the Red Sea is a matter of increasing concern.

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The US-flagged Maersk Detroit and Maersk Chesapeake were carrying military supplies


President Joe Biden recently acknowledged that airstrikes have not been effective in preventing Houthi attacks on shipping.


The US-flagged Maersk Detroit and Maersk Chesapeake were under escort by US naval vessel USS Gravely. The ships were carrying military supplies when Houthi militants attacked.


Fortunately, the vessels were able to flee the area unharmed. The safety of shipping vessels and their crew is a top priority, and we need to see more impactful measures taken to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.


“Both ships reported seeing explosions close by and the US Navy accompaniment intercepted multiple projectiles. Red Sea transits are suspended until further notice.”

Operation Prosperity Guardian has deployed 22 naval vessels to patrol the Red Sea. In addition, the US and UK have launched eight airstrikes against Houthi targets.


“These precision strikes are intended to disrupt and degrade the capabilities the Houthis use to threaten global trade and the lives of innocent mariners”
Joint statement by the US and UK

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