US Navy confirmed it is currently assisting 2 oil tankers targeted in “reported attack” in Gulf of Oman.
One tanker is the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous. The other one is Taiwan’s Front Altair carrying 75,000 tonnes of Naptha “suspected of being hit by unknown object” (torpedo) as reported.
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Meanwhile Iranian media itself reports that ships in the Gulf of Oman have issued distress calls to port authorities in Oman and Pakistan.
The US 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain, said it had sent the USS Bainbridge to assist.
Spokesman Josh Frey said in a statement: “US naval forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 06:12 local time (03:12 GMT) and a second one at 07:00.”