Increase Support for Strike Action Against Houthi Rebels

Department of Defence

Australia is increasing its contribution of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel to support United States and United Kingdom actions targeting the capabilities used in Houthi rebel attacks in the Red Sea.

Additional ADF personnel will deploy to support strike action on Houthi targets in Yemen under the newly formed Operation Hydranth. These personnel will be embedded staff within US operational headquarters.

Since January 2024, Australia has provided support to coalition strikes aimed at protecting international shipping transiting the Red Sea. The strikes on Houthi targets to date have degraded their capabilities; however these illegal attacks continue to threaten mariners and vessels.

While our focus remains on our near region, Australia will continue to work with our international partners to uphold international rules and norms across the globe.

This increased commitment under Operation Hydranth is separate to Australia’s contribution of up to 16 ADF personnel deployed to support the Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain, under Operation Manitou.

Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP:

“The ongoing attacks by Houthi rebels continue to threaten the safety of seafarers, navigational rights and freedoms, and international commerce and maritime security.

“Australia will continue to work with our international partners to de-escalate tensions and restore stability in the Red Sea.”

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