The ex-US naval logistics ship Swift is now operating under the flag of United Arab Emirates (UAE), which may be using it to support an amphibious operation in Yemen.Interesting.
Built by Australia's Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Swift was chartered as High-Speed Vessel 2 (HSV-2) by US Military Sealift Command from 2008 to 2013. IHS Maritimedata shows it was back at the Incat yard in Tasmania from October 2014 until late June, when it set out for the UAE and arrived on 15 July.
The vessel is now operated by the UAE's National Marine Dredging Company, according to the Incat website.
Shortly after its arrival in the UAE it set out for Yemen, transiting through the Strait of Hormuz on 23 July and visiting the Omani port of Salalah on 26-27 July. Its last recorded AIS signal at the time of writing was from 0343 h GMT on 29 July as it headed into Aden harbour.
I thought we owned them. Talk about live and learn. Still its an indication of the "seriousness" with which the GCC is taking ops in Yemen. Additionally we have pics of the armor arrayed via محمد بن خالد@saikhamk Twitter page...