A commercial vessel catches fire following a missile strike in the Red Sea.

Strinda Cruise Ship Attacked by Houthi Missile in the Red Sea

A commercial ship is on fire in the Red Sea after being hit by at least one missile fired from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen, as reported by US officials. The M/T Strinda was targeted in the attack, with the missile coming from a Houthi-controlled area in Yemen. The ship is fighting a fire and was struck 60 miles north of the Bab el-Mandab Strait, one of the officials has confirmed.

The M/T Strinda is a Norwegian-owned chemical tanker, according to its owner, Mowinckel Chemical Tankers AS. Responding to the emergency call, the Arliegh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Mason is now within sight of the Strinda, three officials reported. The three spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss operational details.

This marks the second time in two weeks that the Mason has been involved in a situation involving missiles fired from Yemen. On November 27, two ballistic missiles fired from Yemen fell into the Red Sea near the USS Mason (DDG-87). At that time, the warship was responding to a distress call from the commercial ship, M/V Central Park, following an attempted board by a group of armed robbers.

The attack on the Strinda comes shortly after France reported that one of its frigates in the Red Sea shot down two Houthi drones flying towards it. The Houthi missiles are increasingly targeting commercial ships, with three missiles fired from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen hitting three commercial ships in the Red Sea on December 3, according to the US Central Command. The USS Carney responded to distress calls from two of the vessels and shot down three approaching drones.

A recent Navy maritime service support video features vivid footage of the response to Houthi attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea. Houthis have attacked shipments in the Red Sea and launched missiles and drones against Israel.

The US Navy has been forced to demolish drones and missiles launched by the Houthis, with the most recent attack on a ship occurring on November 19, as a helicopter raid was conducted by the Houthis on the Galaxy Leader, a Bahamian-flagged transport vessel transiting the Red Sea. The Houthis control the ship and its 25 crew members, which marks the first Houthi attack on a ship from a helicopter.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Air Force Maj. Gen. Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman, revealed no details about a new international maritime effort to protect shipping in the region by creating a new working group, shortly before the latest attack.

As the story unfolds, we’ve obtained more information about the attack. The Strinda was hit by a land cruise missile about 60 nautical miles north of Bab el-Mandab. No one was hurt in the attack, and no American ships were nearby when the incident occurred, according to a U.S. official.

This is a developing story. For more updates on this incident, we recommend contacting the author at howard@thewarzone.com.