Statements

April 17, 2024

U.S. Government Transfers Captured Weapons

On Apr. 4, 2024, the U.S. government transferred over 5,000 AK-47s, machine guns, sniper rifles, RPG-7s and over 500,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition to the Ukrainian armed forces. This constitutes enough materiel to equip one UKR BDE with small arms rifles.  These weapons will help Ukraine defend against Russia's invasion. The government obtained ownership of these munitions on December 1, 2023, through the Department of Justice's civil forfeiture claims against Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

March 22, 2024

U.S. Navy Sailor missing in the Red Sea

On the afternoon of March 20 (AST), a U.S. Navy Sailor aboard USS Mason (DDG 87) was reported missing at sea while conducting operations in the Red Sea. Search and recovery operations were conducted and have concluded. Out of respect for the service member’s family and in accordance with DoD policy, the name of the Sailor will be withheld until 24 hours after next of kin notifications have been completed. USS Mason, deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet (C5F) area of operations, is assigned to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group.

Feb. 22, 2024

99 Displaced Women and Children Returned to Kyrgyz Republic

TAMPA, Fla. - This week, 99 displaced women and children from al-Hol and al-Roj camps in northeast Syria were repatriated to their home country of the Kyrgyz Republic, enabling rehabilitative support, and further preventing the resurgence of Daesh. In 2023 approximately 4,500 people were returned to their communities and countries of origin from al-Hol and al-Roj camps in Syria.

Feb. 6, 2024

CENTCOM Launches Tech Residency Program

In January, U.S. Central Command kicked off the "CENTCOM Tech Residency" Program, which creates a pathway for exceptional tech talent to join the Command on a non-permanent basis. The Tech Residency program will run for 90-180 day cycles, allowing technical experts to embed with the Command to solve select technical challenges. CENTCOM's inaugural Tech Resident is Mr. Egon Rinderer. Mr. Rinderer brings significant technical expertise from his leadership positions across multiple cutting-edge technology companies, including Shift5, Tanium, and Intel Corp. He will focus on a select set of operational challenges related to data integration and enhanced analytics.

Feb. 2, 2024

USCENTCOM Commander's statement on U.S. strikes in Iraq and Syria

"Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and Iranian affiliated militia groups continue to represent a direct threat to the stability of Iraq, the region, and the safety of Americans. We will continue to take action, do whatever is necessary to protect our people, and hold those responsible who threaten their safety." -Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, US CENTCOM Commander.

Jan. 12, 2024

Two U.S. Navy Sailors missing off the coast of Somalia

On the evening of January 11, two U.S. Navy Sailors were reported missing at sea while conducting operations off the coast of Somalia. Search and rescue operations are currently ongoing to locate the two sailors. For operational security purposes, we will not release additional information until the personnel recovery operation is complete.

Jan. 11, 2024

US CENTCOM Statement on 27th Houthi attack on commercial shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden

On Jan. 11 at approximately 2 a.m. (Sanaa time), the Iranian-backed Houthis fired an anti-ship ballistic missile from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen into international shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden. One commercial vessel reported visually observing the missile impact the water; however, there were no injuries or damage reported. This is the 27th Houthi attack on international shipping since Nov 19.

Jan. 9, 2024

US CENTCOM Statement on 26th Houthi attack on commercial shipping lanes in the Red Sea

On Jan. 9, at approximately 9:15 p.m. (Sanaa time), Iranian-backed Houthis launched a complex attack of Iranian designed one-way attack UAVs (OWA UAVs), anti-ship cruise missiles, and an anti-ship ballistic missile from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen into the Southern Red Sea, towards international shipping lanes where dozens of merchant vessels were transiting. 

Dec. 31, 2023

Iranian-backed Houthi small boats attack merchant vessel and U.S. Navy helicopters in Southern Red Sea

On Dec. 31 at 6:30am (Sanaa time) the container ship MAERSK HANGZHOU issued a second distress call in less than 24 hours reporting being under attack by four Iranian-backed Houthi small boats. The small boats, originating from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen, fired crew served and small arms weapons at the MAERSK HANGZHOU, getting to within 20 meters of the vessel, and attempted to board the vessel. A contract embarked security team on the MAERSK HANZGHOU returned fire. U.S. helicopters from the USS EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and GRAVELY (DDG 107) responded to the distress call and in the process of issuing verbal calls to the small boats, the small boats fired upon the U.S. helicopters with crew served weapons and small arms. The U.S. Navy helicopters returned fire in self-defense, sinking three of the four small boats, and killing the crews. The fourth boat fled the area. There was no damage to U.S. personnel or equipment.

Dec. 14, 2023

CENTCOM Statement of the attack on the M/V Maersk Gibraltar

TAMPA, Fla. - Midday Dec. 14 (Sanaa time), a ballistic missile was fired from a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen toward the international shipping lane north of the Bab-el-Mandeb. There were no injuries or damage. Following the missile launch, the M/V Maersk Gibraltar was hailed by the Houthis, who threatened further missile attacks. The M/V Maersk Gibraltar is a Hong Kong-flagged cargo container vessel. While this incident did not involve US Forces, we continue to closely monitor the situation. These attacks continue to threaten international maritime security.