|Courtesy of United States Navy (USN)|
The U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has issued the following WARNING to Mariners:
"The following is a maritime warning for mariners operating in the Gulf of Oman, South Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Bab el Mandeb regions. Be advised , elevated regional tensions have increased the risk of potential maritime attacks being conducted by extremists. Vessels at anchor, operating in restricted maneuvering environments, or at slow speed should especially be at heightened states of awareness for any suspicious activity. Report the presence of any craft behaving in a suspicious manner towards vessels - to include loitering, photographing and conducting unauthorized approaches - to the proper authorities."
Mariners should also be further aware that quietly in the last month the USN fleet has been increased in the Region and a Press Release has now been issued. The number of minesweepers has been doubled in the Strait of Hormuz approaches. On shore various attack aircraft have been based at the Regions military bases.