Operation Prosperity Guardian: US
The US has introduced Operation Prosperity Guardian, an enhanced naval protection force in the southern Red Sea to counter Houthi attacks on merchant shipping under the Combined Task Force 153 (CTF 153).
- The Houthi attacks, initially focused on supporting Hamas in Gaza, have escalated to target merchant tankers in the Bab el-Mandeb strait.
- Operation Prosperity Guardian includes participation from the UK, with HMS Diamond contributing alongside three US destroyers.
- The Combined Task Force 153 (CTF 153) is a United States Navy-led initiative that focuses on Red Sea Maritime Security.
- It was established in 2022 and is one of five task forces operated by the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)