German frigate ‘Hessen’ escorting a merchant vessel (EU Mission)

EU Mission Aspides destroys 3 missiles, boat, and Houthi drone


Fri, 22-03-2024 12:14 AM, Aden Time

Aden (South24) 

European forces operating under the Aspides maritime protection mission announced the destruction of three Houthi ballistic missiles, a boat, and a drone within 24 hours in the southern Red Sea.

“On March 20, a French ship, while providing close protection for commercial shipping in the southern Red Sea, intercepted and destroyed three ballistic missiles,” the Aspides mission page posted on X.

The X post noted that the missiles "posed a direct threat to European forces."

Also today, the German frigate ‘Hessen’ engaged and destroyed a Houthi drone boat while providing direct protection to a merchant vessel of EU interests in the southern Red Sea. 

Yesterday, the Aspides mission said that a French helicopter destroyed a Houthi attack drone that was threatening commercial navigation in the southern Red Sea. 

On February 19, the European mission Aspides began protecting commercial ships from Houthi attacks in the Red Sea. So far, the Houthis have not announced any attacks specifically targeting European warships.

However, the leader of the Houthis, Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, said “We have future plans for more effective strikes against our enemies”, though he did not specify which enemies he was referring to. 

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