RED SEA, INTERNATIONAL WATERS – A U.S. Navy warship recently intercepted and neutralized more than a dozen drones launched by Houthi militants, supported by Iran, from Yemen. The drones were targeting American forces and commercial shipping vessels in the Red Sea, an area that has seen an escalation in such attacks.
The U.S. Central Command revealed that the USS Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, engaged 14 unmanned aerial systems launched from Houthi-controlled areas. These drones, designed for one-way attacks, were successfully shot down without causing damage or injuries. Regional Red Sea partners were immediately alerted to the threat.
In a related development, U.K. Defense Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the HMS Diamond, one of the Navy’s most advanced warships, also intercepted and neutralized a terrorist drone in the Red Sea. The British Military reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the safe passage of ships in the region, working alongside the Royal Navy.
The incident occurred after several Houthi attacks on merchant vessels in the Red Sea. One such attack was launched against the Motor Vessel MSC Alanya, which maintained direct communication with U.S. forces despite the threat. However, a drone launched from Houthi-held territory hit the Motor Vessel AL Jasrah, causing a fire. Another attack involved Houthi forces launching two ballistic missiles toward international shipping lanes in the Bab el-Mandeb strait, with one missile hitting the MV Palatium 3, which was reported to be on fire.
The USS Carney’s successful interception and neutralization of the terrorist drones underscore the effectiveness of advanced defense systems. The mission also highlights the U.S. Navy’s commitment to safeguarding global maritime security and protecting American personnel and interests abroad.
The threat of terrorist drones has grown significantly in recent years. These uncrewed aircraft have become weapons of choice for extremist groups, posing a significant danger to both military and civilian targets. The USS Carney’s success in countering this evolving threat demonstrates the importance of continued investment in research and development to stay ahead of adversaries in drone warfare.
Iran’s support for the Houthi militants in Yemen, including providing advanced weaponry such as drones and missile systems, poses a direct threat to U.S. interests in the region. The U.S. Navy’s interception of these drones sends a clear message to Iran and its proxies that such actions will not go unpunished.
The Red Sea, a vital maritime route connecting Europe, Asia, and Africa, sees an estimated 10% of global trade annually. Any disruption to this crucial pathway could have severe economic consequences worldwide. The successful neutralization of these terrorist drones by the U.S. Navy is, therefore, not only a victory in the fight against terrorism but also a critical step in safeguarding international commerce and stability.