In a recent incident that underscores the escalating tensions in the Gulf of Aden, a second ship with ties to Israel was seized off the coast of Yemen before being released following the swift response of the USS Mason (DDG-87), a United States Navy warship.

This event marks the third attack in the region since the onset of the conflict between Hamas and Israel in early October.

The Seizure: USS Mason’s Intervention and Release of the Vessel

Flying the Liberian flag, commercial tanker M/V Central Park transmitted a distress signal, prompting the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Mason to intervene.

According to USNI News, citing Pentagon statements, allied vessels in the area were summoned to assist in the resolution.

The ship was managed by Zodiac Maritime, a company owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, sparking speculation about the motives behind the seizure.