WASHINGTON (AP) _ Lacking significant resources in southern Yemen, the U.S. military has been relying on France and to a lesser extent Britain to assist American sailors who were victims of the bombing attack against a U.S. destroyer.

Maj. Joe Lamarca, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., said 11 injured American sailors were flown on a French aircraft from the south Yemeni port of Aden to Djibouti in eastern Africa for treatment.

The apparent terrorist attack on the USS Cole, a guided missile destroyer, killed 17 American sailors.

Lamarca said the quick French action made a significant difference to the more seriously injured sailors.

Lamarca said the HMS Marlborough, a British hospital ship, had departed Yemen before Friday's incident but returned to offer assistance.

A British government communique said the Marlborough is able to offer a wide range of humanitarian aid from a full medical team to damage control expertise and equipment.

It said the ship will remain in Aden for a long as her assistance is required.

American military planes evacuated 22 injured sailors to a U.S. Army medical center in Germany.