Saturday, June 22, 2024

US Destroyer Shoots Down Attack Drones: Report

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's Houthi rebels had a Thanksgiving Day surprise for the crew of the (DDG-116). Fortunately, the Arleigh Burke-Class destroyer is well-equipped to shoot down loitering munitions systems.

The guided missile destroyer sustained no damage or casualties.

Its mission to patrol the Red Sea continues unimpeded.

The Navy Times' Geoff Ziezulewicz has more:

It remains unclear if the attack drones were targeting Hudner when Thursday's intercept occurred.

The destroyer shot down another drone on Nov. 15 that officials also said was launched from Yemen.

That follows fellow destroyer Carney shooting down cruise missiles and drones on Oct. 19 in the Red Sea.

U.S. officials at the time said Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen launched the barrage toward Israel, the same week that U.S. ground forces in Iraq and Syria came under drone attack, incidents that have continued and prompted retaliatory U.S. airstrikes in Syria.

The Iranian-back declared war on Israel at the end of October. It vowed to conduct more strikes until “the Israeli aggression stops.”