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The handover was supposed to be the first in a series of confidence-building measures agreed to in Sweden that could pave the way for a political settlement of Yemen's 4-year-old war pitting the rebels known as Houthis against the internationally recognized government backed since 2015 by a Saudi-led coalition.
The guided-missile destroyers Nitze and Mason carried out Tomahawk strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen more than two years ago. So who are they?
By Myriam Renaud, University of Chicago