US Destroys Houthi Drones, Operations Site And Anti-Ship Missile

080927-N-7981E-806 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 27, 2008) Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 participate in a "flight deck spell out" aboard Lincoln while transiting the Pacific Ocean. The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

The U.S. military took out more than a dozen Houthi drones, a drone operations site and a missile in two separate incidents overnight, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in statements.

The U.S.S. Carney guided-missile destroyer shot down an anti-ship ballistic missile the Houthi terrorist group launched into the surrounding waters at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday before destroying three Iranian attack drones less than an hour later, CENTCOM said in a statement. Then, at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, U.S. forces carried out airstrikes on a Houthi drone control station in Yemen and 10 more suicide drones in “self-defense.”

“U.S. forces identified the [unmanned aerial vehicle] ground control station and one-way attack UAVs in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined they presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels and U.S. Navy ships in the region,” the statement read.

“U.S. forces subsequently struck and destroyed the UAV ground control station and 10 one-way attack UAVs in self-defense. This action will protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure for U.S. Navy vessels and merchant vessels,” it added.

No damage or injuries were reported, CENTCOM said.

The U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier and several U.S. destroyers are operating in the Red Sea to protect merchant vessels from incessant Houthi missile and drone attacks, which have occurred since Nov. 19.

U.S. and United Kingdom forces conducted two major operations to destroy Houthi missile and drone launch and radar capabilities on Jan. 11 and Jan. 22, while the U.S. has also executed dynamic self-defense strikes against missiles or drones prepared to launch.

Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. aircraft struck a surface-to-air missile the Iran-backed rebels had poised to launch at U.S. aircraft, presenting an “imminent threat,” the military said in a statement. Both the U.S. Navy and Air Force have aircraft operating in the region.

In a Tuesday night incident, a Houthi cruise missile came within one mile of the destroyer U.S.S. Gravely, representing the closest call so far, CNN reported, citing four U.S. officials. Previous missile interceptions conducted by U.S. destroyers took place at a range of eight miles or more, the officials said.

As of Tuesday, the Houthis have attacked or threatened international and commercial shipping and naval vessels at least 36 times since Nov. 19, Pentagon deputy spokesperson Sabrina Singh said in an email to reporters on Tuesday. The last confirmed Houthi attack on a merchant or naval vessel was on Jan. 27, she said.

As of Thursday, however, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization said it received reports of another attack near the Yemeni port in Al Hudaydah. The vessel and crew were not harmed, but an explosion was recorded a distance away from the ship in a suspected attempt to hit the vessel

Micaela Burrow on February 1, 2024

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