An attempted hijacking of a commercial vessel in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday appears to have been carried out by armed Somali pirates and not Yemeni Houthis, despite the firing of missiles from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen afterwards, the Pentagon said on Monday.
“Clearly a piracy related incident,” Ryder added.
Central Park, a tanker managed by Zodiac Maritime Ltd, a London-headquartered international ship management company owned by Israel’s Ofer family. The Liberian-flagged vessel was built in 2015 and is owned by Clumvez Shipping Inc, LSEG data showed.
The U.S. military has said that two ballistic missiles were later fired from Houthi controlled territory in the general direction of the Mason and Central Park, but they landed about 10 nautical miles away from the ships.