YEMEN Press Agency

United States to start military maneuvers in Red Sea

SANAA, April 15 (YPA) – The United States Navy said Wednesday it will begin a new task force with allied countries to patrol the Red Sea, in a military escalation in support of the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen.

According to ABC network, Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, who oversees the Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet, confirmed in a press conference the formation of new unnamed task forces that will be tasked with conducting patrols in the Red Sea, starting from Sunday.

Cooper said he hoped the task force, consisting of two to eight ships at a time, would target those smuggling coal, drugs, weapons and people in the waterway, in a clear indication of the military escalation towards the Yemeni Armed Forces in the Red Sea.

He indicated that the joint forces will see the USS Mount Whitney, a Blue Ridge class amphibious command ship previously part of the Navy’s African and European 6th Fleet, join it.

The Joint US Naval Forces Command in the Middle East consists of 34 countries, including the navy of the Zionist entity, and is supervised by Major General Cooper from a base in Bahrain.