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US Navy Thwarts Hijack Attempt on Israeli-Linked Tanker

In a dramatic turn of events, the US Navy successfully thwarted an attempted hijacking of an Israeli-linked tanker, the Liberian-flagged Central Park, in the Gulf of Aden near the coast of Yemen.

This high-stakes incident underscores the volatile security situation in key maritime routes.

Distress Call Leads to Navy Intervention

The Central Park, managed by London-based Zodiac Maritime and carrying phosphoric acid, issued a distress call early Sunday morning.

Suspected pirates, reportedly five armed gunmen, boarded the tanker approximately 54 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia.

Responding to the call, US Navy personnel from the USS Mason, alongside a Japanese destroyer, pursued the assailants as they attempted to flee towards Yemen​​​​​​.

Crew Safety and Response

Amid the chaos, the tanker’s crew, comprised of a multinational team, took refuge in the ship’s safe room, effectively thwarting the hijackers’ attempts to gain control.

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Zodiac Maritime confirmed that the vessel and its crew were unharmed and emphasized their close cooperation with international naval coalition partners during the crisis​​​​.

Broader Maritime Security Concerns

This incident occurs amid a backdrop of increasing maritime tensions and attacks in the region, often linked to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

The Gulf of Aden, a crucial shipping lane, has seen heightened security alerts due to such incidents.

Just days before, another Israeli-linked ship, the CMA CGM Symi, reportedly came under attack, possibly by an Iranian drone, illustrating the escalating maritime security challenges in the area​​​​​​.

With information from Fox News and DNyuz.

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