Two elite Navy SEALs were missing when the US Navy, backed by drones and helicopters, launched a raid on an unmarked Iranian weapons ship near the coast of Somalia in the Arabian Sea.
In the rough sea, one of the commandos fell into the water and one of his comrades jumped in to save him, but they both disappeared.
American, Japanese, and Spanish ships and aircraft searched 21,000 square miles of sea over 10 days for the missing commandos. The search operation on Sunday was reclassified as a body search.
In the January 11 operation, weapons and parts used by Houthi rebels to attack commercial ships in the Red Sea were found. The small traditional Arab dhow (dhow) was sunk by the Americans after the operation, because it was deemed unsafe to use it again, and its crew of 14 were taken into custody.
The UN resolution prohibits the supply of weapons to the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
Cover photo: Two HH-60H Seahawk helicopters load Navy commandos aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Shreveport. Cover image is an illustration, source: Mai/Getty Images