Houthis launch more attacks in Red Sea as US warships head to region

December 17, 2023

Defense officials would not comment on if the ships are heading to the Red Sea. At sea, the Biden administration is working to form an international maritime task force to counter the Houthi attacks. The plan appears to be that the planned group would expand an existing coalition of 39 nations, Combined Task Force 153, which is focused on countering piracy and terrorism in the Red Sea, Bab el-Mandeb waterway and Gulf of Aden. “This is an international problem that requires an international solution.”The head of the Oslo-based Norwegian Shipowners’ Association that tracks threats to commercial shipping across the globe, Harald Solberg, expressed deep concern over the threat to ships in the Red Sea. “All attacks on commercial ships in this area, like the attack on the Norwegian product tanker MT Strinda this week, represent a deeply concerning development of the security situation for civilian shipping in the Red Sea,” he said.