U.S. military reportedly blew up almost a dozen terrorist suicide drones in Yemen on Thursday.
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As announced by the U.S. Central Command, “U.S. forces identified the UAV ground control station and one-way attack UAVs in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined that they presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels and the U.S. Navy ships in the region. U.S. Forces subsequently struck and destroyed the UAV ground control station and 10 one-way attack UAVs in self-defense.”
The announcement comes after CENTCOM revealed in a separate announcement that the USS Carney shot down an anti-ship ballistic missile fired by the Houthis late on Wednesday night. The unit also shot down three drones that followed.
It also comes two days after the firing of a Houthi cruise missile at the USS Gravely in the Red Sea, an attack that was almost successful as it almost hit the ship.
According to CNN, the missile got within a mile of the ship before the ship’s Phalanx Close-In Weapon System shot it down. Coming within a mile of the ship means it was only a few seconds away from impact considering that cruise missiles travel at a speed of hundreds of miles per hour. However, the ship’s Phalanx CIose-In Weapon System is described as a fast-reaction weapon system which features a detect-through-engage function.
Per the media outlet, this would be the first time the U.S. forces would use the CIWSA.
“In the past, these missiles have been intercepted by US destroyers in the area at a range of eight miles or more. But the USS Gravely had to use its Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) for the first time since the US began intercepting the Houthi missiles late last year, which ultimately succeeded in downing the missile,” the report read.
This week’s attacks come amid continuous attacks on U.S. naval assets and commercial shipping in the Red Sea. condemning the attacks on Wednesday, Defense Secretary Lllyod Austin called them “reckless and illegal.”
“We can see Iran’s hand here as well, providing the Houthis with advanced conventional weapons, intelligence and expertise,” he stated.