The German frigate “Hessen” has repelled another attack while deployed to protect merchant ships in the Red Sea. As the Bundeswehr’s operations command announced in the online service An overwater drone was destroyed by the on-board helicopter.

The “Hessen” was sent to the region at the end of February as part of the EU naval mission “Aspides” to protect merchant shipping with 240 soldiers on board.

For several months, Yemen’s Houthi militia has been attacking ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, an important international trade route. The USA and Great Britain responded with attacks on Houthi positions in Yemen and want to prevent further attacks on cargo ships. In addition, warships from two international coalitions are trying to secure shipping traffic along the Yemeni coast.