Bab al-Mandab, Yemen
13 June 2024

CENTCOM announced that its “forces successfully destroyed one air defence sensor in a Houthi-controlled area”, “one Iranian-backed Houthi uncrewed surface vessel (USV) and two Houthi patrol boats” and “one uncrewed aerial system (UAS)… over the Red Sea”. The Houthis also launched “two anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM)… into the Red Sea”, causing no damage. CENTCOM additionally reported that “M/V Verbena, a Palauan flagged, Ukrainian owned, Polish operated bulk cargo carrier, was struck for a second time in 24 hours” by Houthi fire in the Gulf of Aden. On 15 June, CENTCOM reported that the vessel’s “crew abandoned ship due to continued fires and an inability to control them”; it also noted that an Iranian frigate “was eight nautical miles from M/V Verbena and did not respond to the distress call”.

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