by John Galt
October 1, 2016 18:30 ET
In the ongoing war which the West downplays, the Saudis censor, and UAE regrets being forced to fight in, the old flip-flop wearing Houthi warriors struck a blow against the Emirates by apparently sinking their Swift HSV-2 cargo ship which they had leased in 2015 to move supplies to their forces and the Saudi military in Yemen.
First, some background courtesy of the SNAFU blog from August 6, 2015:
The ex-US naval logistics ship Swift is now operating under the flag of United Arab Emirates (UAE), which may be using it to support an amphibious operation in Yemen.
Built by Australia’s Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Swift was chartered as High-Speed Vessel 2 (HSV-2) by US Military Sealift Command from 2008 to 2013. IHS Maritimedata shows it was back at the Incat yard in Tasmania from October 2014 until late June, when it set out for the UAE and arrived on 15 July.
The vessel is now operated by the UAE’s National Marine Dredging Company, according to the Incat website.
Shortly after its arrival in the UAE it set out for Yemen, transiting through the Strait of Hormuz on 23 July and visiting the Omani port of Salalah on 26-27 July. Its last recorded AIS signal at the time of writing was from 0343 h GMT on 29 July as it headed into Aden harbour.
Well, the news via Al-Masdar and the included YouTube video show that the UAE may have a hard time finding volunteers to man any of their other “cargo” ships in the war theater:
Sana’a, Yemen (11:48 P.M) – The Houthi-allied Yemeni Republican Guard were able to destroy an Emirati Navy HSV-2 Swift ship near the port city of Mokha with a C802 Cruise Missile.
The Saudi-led coalition condemned the event blasting the Houthis for allegedly destroying a ship carrying humanitarian cargo.
However, the allegation is borderline comical since the warship took off from Aden and was located in the vicinity of the embattled port city of Mokha, a front of incessant violent clashes.
Initially, state-owned UAE media denied the claim and mentioned that a humanitarian ship was merely damaged due to technical difficulty while all those aboard it were rescued until video footage was published by Yemeni sources portraying the fried, sinking ship.
If you watch the video until the conclusion, the vessel does in fact appear to be the Swift HSV-2 cargo ship pictured above.
Al-Arabiya of course carries the standard GCC propaganda stating the vessel was carrying “humanitarian aid” and not weapons and supplies for the GCC and Saudi forces in Yemen:
Saudi-led Arab Coalition have dubbed attack by Yemeni militias on a UAE ship carrying aid Saturday in the Bab al-Mandab strait as a “dangerous indication.”
The coalition said civilians onboard the ship were rescued.
Earlier, the Iran-backed Houthi militias have claimed they hit a vessel on Saturday operated by the UAE military, which is part of the Arab Coalition fighting in support of Yemen’s government.
“Rockets targeted an Emirati warship as it approached the coast of Mokha,” on the Red Sea, the Houthis said in a statement on their sabanews.net website.
“It was completely destroyed,” they said.
In a statement published by the official WAM news agency, the UAE military said the boat was on a routine trip from Aden, further south, and that it had launched an investigation.
It said the boat was hired, but did not provide more details or say if the vessel was damaged.
Oops. In the fog of war the translation from the propaganda above is as follows:
A military supply vessel was sunk by the Houthis as the GCC and Saudi military leadership continue to demonstrate obvious incompetence.
The only positive aspect of this tragic ongoing war story is that I am glad President Obama did not obey the Saudi Monarch and put U.S. forces on the ground to fight this war for them. The consequences of being tied down in Syria, Iraq, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Yemen would have been more dire than they already are.