A U.S. Navy destroyer, the USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), successfully intercepted multiple attack drones launched from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen. The incident occurred in the Red Sea during the early morning hours of November 23, Yemen time.
The USS Thomas Hudner shot down the one-way attack drones without sustaining any damage or injuries to the ship or its crew, as confirmed by the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
The Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, have been actively launching drones and making threats against Israel, citing U.S. support for Israel in the ongoing conflict with Hamas as their motivation.
This event marks the latest in a series of attacks targeting American assets in the region. Since the commencement of the Gaza conflict on October 7, U.S. forces deployed in Iraq and Syria have been attacked over 66 times, resulting in injuries to more than 60 personnel, according to the U.S. Pentagon.
The Houthi rebels, declaring themselves part of the “axis of resistance” among Iran’s allies, have been escalating their attacks. In addition to launching drones, they recently seized an Israel-linked cargo vessel, the Galaxy Leader, with its international crew at the entrance to the Red Sea. The international community, including the U.S., condemned the seizure as a flagrant violation of international law.
This incident follows the U.S. announcement of retaliatory strikes on Iran-backed armed groups in Iraq, targeting the Kataib Hezbollah militia, which resulted in at least eight fighters being killed.
Tensions have been further heightened by continuous attacks in the region, including the shooting down of a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone by Houthi forces last week.