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Australia Refuses to Send Ships to Red Sea

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's decision not to send a warship to join the U.S.-led coalition in the Red Sea was denounced as misguided by critics. DAVID GRAY / AFP

The Australian government has reportedly indicated that it won’t send ships to join the U.S.-led Operation Prosperity Guardian in the Red Sea. The operation is aimed at containing attacks from Yemeni Houthi militias on commercial shipping and to keep sea lanes open.

Defence Minister Richard Marles told reporters on Thursday: “We won’t be sending a ship or a plane,” but would deploy defense personnel instead.

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