In a statement, the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) said that the destroyer was targeted early Monday morning local time after it aided the tanker ship Central Park that had been seized in the Gulf of Aden.
“The missiles landed in the Gulf of Aden approximately ten nautical miles from the ships,” the statement added.
“There was no damage or reported injuries from either vessel during this incident,” it claimed.
The Central Park was carrying phosphoric acid and had an international crew of 22, The Associated Press reported. It sent a distress signal prompting the US aircraft USS Mason to respond.
The tanker ship sails under the Liberian flag and is managed by London-based Zodiac Maritime, which is part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group.