American navy helicopters sank three small boats utilized by Houthi militants to assault a Maersk container vessel within the southern Crimson Sea, the US navy has mentioned.
A number of of the armed Houthi crews have been killed when the helicopters opened fireplace, the US navy added.
There have been no accidents on the Denmark-owned container vessel.
The ship was focused as Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen have stepped up attacks on vessels in the Red Sea to indicate their assist for the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which is preventing Israel in Gaza.
The Maersk Hangzhou ship initially reported it had been hit by a missile on Saturday night within the southern Crimson Sea, round 55 nautical miles from Yemen, US Central Command (Centcom) mentioned in a press release.
The USS Gravely and USS Laboon responded to a misery name and the Maersk vessel was discovered to be seaworthy, the assertion added.
The US navy additionally mentioned it shot down two anti-ship missiles that have been fired in the direction of the container ship.
Hours later the Maersk vessel issued a second misery name when it was focused by 4 Houthi boats.
The Houthi militants fired small arms weapons on the Maersk Hangzhou, attending to inside about 65ft (20m) of the vessel, Centcom mentioned.
A contract-embarked safety group on the ship returned fireplace, the central command mentioned.
Helicopters from the USS Eisenhower plane service and the USS Gravely responded to the misery name and, whereas issuing verbal warnings to the attackers, the small boat crews opened fireplace on the helicopters utilizing small arms, the assertion mentioned.
“The US navy helicopters returned fireplace in self-defence”, sinking three of the 4 boats, killing the crews, whereas the fourth boat fled the world, Centcom mentioned, and no harm to US personnel or gear was reported.
Maersk has paused all crusing via the Crimson Sea for 48 hours after the newest assault.
The Singapore-flagged vessel with capability to hold 14,000 containers was travelling from Singapore to Port Suez.
UK International Secretary David Cameron mentioned he had spoken to his Iranian counterpart about assaults within the Crimson Sea “which threaten harmless lives and the worldwide financial system”.
He added: “I made clear that Iran shares accountability for stopping these assaults given their long-standing assist to the Houthis.”
The Iranian-backed Houthis say their assaults are geared toward Israel-linked ships in an effort to cease the Israeli offensive in Gaza.