Attacks on US naval ship, several destroyers in Red Sea, Gulf of Aden

On Saturday, the Houthi group in Yemen announced that they had launched naval missiles and drones at a US military ship and several destroyers in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, claiming to have “successfully achieved” their objectives in these separate “operations.”

Yahya Saree, a spokesman for the group, stated, “The Yemeni Armed Forces’ naval and air forces conducted two specific military operations. The first operation targeted the American ship ‘Propel Fortune’ in the Gulf of Aden with several naval missiles, while the second operation aimed at numerous American war destroyers in both the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden with 37 drones. Both operations successfully met their goals.”

This series of attacks represents the largest assault by the Yemeni group on Israeli, American, and British naval vessels since it commenced operations in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, as reported by Anadolu.

In response, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) reported the interception of 15 Houthi drones in Yemen following what was described as a “large-scale attack” with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the aforementioned regions. CENTCOM detailed that between 4 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. (Sanaa time), Houthi forces, supported by Iran, executed a significant UAV assault into the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. CENTCOM, along with coalition forces, identified these UAVs as an immediate threat to merchant and military ships in the area, leading to the downing of 15 drones by US Navy vessels and aircraft, alongside coalition navy ships and aircraft.

Moreover, CENTCOM disclosed that it had conducted a strike against two anti-ship missiles in areas of Yemen under Houthi control on Friday, prior to this incident.

Amidst escalating tensions in the Red Sea, the Houthis have targeted commercial ships suspected of associating with Israel, aiming to compel Israel to cease its aggressive actions in the Gaza Strip. This conflict has resulted in over 30,800 deaths and more than 72,400 injuries since an offensive by Hamas on October 7.

In retaliation for the Houthi attacks, which have raised concerns over potential inflation and supply chain disruptions, the US and UK commenced airstrikes against Houthi positions in Yemen starting January 12. The Red Sea remains a critical maritime corridor for global oil and fuel transport.–Web Desk