Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Yemen: Saudi Navy foils suicide boat attack

The other month Yemeni rebels funded and supplied by Iran  succeeded in attacking a Saudi Naval ship bythe use of remote control suicide boats.  Buoyed by that success, it appears the Houthi decided to try again, but as the Saudi Navy was now wise to this method of attack, the rebels simply tried again up the coast in Saudi Arabia off Jazan Province in the hope that people there wouldn't be expecting an attack. Didn't work as the 3 boats were blown out of the water by the ship they had targeted.

Saudi Arabia has 9 Al Sadiq-class patrol boats, US built and they displace 496 tonnes. They are armed with four Harpoon SSM, one 76 mm OTO gun, one 20 mm Phalanx CIWS, two 20 mm guns, one 81 mm mortar, two 40 mm grenade launchers, and two triple 12.75 inch torpedo tubes.