Sailors from the destroyer USS Jason Dunham boarded the ship and made the seizure. The incident was first reported by CNN.
The Gulf of Aden connects the Red Sea to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean via the narrow Bab al-Madeb strait. Last month, Saudi Arabia’s state oil company temporarily suspended oil shipments through the strait after Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen fired on two oil tankers, damaging one of them.
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.