On October 12, the Yemeni al-Masirah TV aired a short documentary about the Yemeni Navy [loyal to the Houthis], in which it claimed that 20 warships and boats of the Saudi-led coalition had been targeted off the western and southern coasts of Yemen since the beginning of the war in 2015.
The documentary contained new footage of the attacks on the UAE Navy ship “HSV-2 Swift” on October 1 of 2016 and on the Royal Saudi Navy frigate “al-Madinah” on February 2 of 2017. While HSV-2 Swift was reportedly hit with an unspecified anti-ship guided missile, al-Madinah was targeted with a remotely controlled water-borne improvised explosive device (WBIED).
Furthermore, the documentary shows satellite images of the aftermath of the attacks on the UAE Navy landing ship “al-Awdah” and minesweeper “al-Qanisah” on June 26 and July 29 of 2017. According to experts, both warships were hit with WBIEDs while they were anchored at the Yemeni port of al-Mocha.
While the al-Masirah documentary didn’t mention any information about the Yemeni Navy WBIEDs, a previous report by the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) revealed that these booby-trapped boats were locally made with technical help from Iran.
No new information about the anti-ship missiles of the Yemeni Navy were shown in the documentary. However, al-Masirah revealed that the Yemeni Navy is now locally producing naval mines named “Mersad.” The specifications of this type of mines remain unknown.
The recent battles on the western coast of Yemen highlighted the importance of the Yemeni Navy, which played a key role in repelling many attacks by the Saudi-led coalition on the coastal city of al-Hudaydah. Promoting the Yemeni Navy, the Houthis and their allies are aiming to show their capabilies to deter the coalition if it launches new attacks on the Houthis-controlled part of the western coast.