A Saudi Al Madinah class frigate has come under attack by three ‘suicide boats’ belonging to Houthi militants while on patrol west of Yemen.
The Saudi-led coalition statement said:
“A Saudi frigate on patrol west of Hodeidah port came under attack from three suicide boats belonging to the Houthi militias.”
One of the Houthi boats collided with the rear of the Saudi warship, reportedly resulting in the explosion of the boat and a fire at the rear of the ship.
Two members of the ship’s crew were killed in the attack while three others were injured.
Saudi Arabia operates four Al Madinah class frigates which were built in France in the mid-1980s. Their displacement is around 2000 tonnes and are typically armed with eight Otomat surface-to-surface missiles, one 8-cell Crotale surface-to-air missile launcher in addition to various guns and torpedo launchers.