US Navy Stops Terrorist Tanker Hijackers

Five terrorist hijackers had a bad day at the office on Sunday after the U.S. Navy captured them after they tried to hijack an Israeli-owned tanker in the Gulf of Aden.

According to Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin, the five terrorists had tried to hijack a Liberian-flagged Central Park chemical tanker managed by Zodiac Maritime. Zodiac
Maritime is a U.K.-based firm and is part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group.

“U.S. Navy personnel from the USS Mason responded to a distress call from the crew onboard an Israeli linked tanker,” said Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin. “5 armed gunmen tried to hijack the ship in Gulf of Aden. U.S. Navy pursued toward Yemen. Warning shots fired. Gunmen now being interrogated.”

According to Griffin, the five gunmen boarded the tanker from a skiff by pulling up alongside the ship which has a low free board. However, members of the ship’s crew locked themselves inside the ship’s citadel — a safe room inside the tanker— making it impossible for the hijackers to reach them.

The terrorist made several attempts to get into the ship’s citadel, including trying to break the door. Their attempts however proved unsuccessful, forcing them to abandon the ship. The U.S. Navy showed up and arrested the terrorists as they tried to make their way back to the shores of Yemen.

“The hijackers exited the vessel and were making their way back to the shores of Yemen when the U.S. Navy personnel pursued and arrested them,” Griffin said. “Warning shots were fired by the U.S. Navy personnel and a U.S. helicopter gunship flew cover. The 5 hijackers who tried to overtake the Israeli linked tanker are now being questioned by the U.S. military under counter piracy authorities.”

Griffin revealed that A Japanese destroyer assisted the USS Mason with the capture of the terrorists while two Chinese Navy warships in the area did not render assistance. Griffin later added that Houthi forces fired two ballistic missiles at USS Mason after they captured the terrorists. Both Misiles, however, failed to hit their target.

“Two senior U.S. officials tell me that Houthi forces fired two ballistic missiles at the USS Mason this evening in the Gulf of Aden following the Navy’s arrest of 5 gunmen who tried to hijack the MV Central Park. The U.S. Navy successfully rescued the vessel,” Griffin wrote on X. “USS Mason, an Arleigh Burke Class destroyer, tracked the ballistic missiles as they approached but both missiles fell short splashing into the Gulf of Aden. This is viewed as significant escalation in Houthi threats to U.S. Navy vessels, according to multiple well placed sources.”