WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The two warships will join seven US warships in the area and come as Iran said it had dispatched nine warships toward Yemen.
“In recent days, the US Navy has increased its presence in this area as a result of the current instability in Yemen,” it added.
US officials suspect the Iranian warships are carrying arms to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, which the United States and Saudi Arabia claim are backed by Iran. Tehran denies the charges.
Saudi Arabia’s navy has implemented a blockade of Yemen’s ports.
The Houthis have taken over large swaths of Yemen since taking over the capital Sanaa in September 2014 and ousting Hadi in February 2015.
Late in March 2015, Hadi asked the Arab League for military aid, prompting a Saudi Arabia-led coalition to begin bombing Houthi positions in Yemen. Several hundred civilians have been killed in the Saudi-led airstrikes.