US neutralizes drone threat from Houthis against Naval ship

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) announced on Wednesday that it had neutralized four unmanned aerial systems (UAS) launched by the Houthi group from Yemen. The operation occurred between 2:00 and 2:20 a.m. Sanaa time on March 27, targeting drones directed at a US warship in the Red Sea. CENTCOM, in a statement released on X, confirmed the drones were destroyed in self-defense, with no casualties or damage to US or allied naval assets.

CENTCOM assessed these drones as a direct threat to the safety of US Navy and commercial vessels in the area, emphasizing the action was crucial for protecting international maritime navigation and ensuring the security of strategic waterways.

The Houthi faction, supported by Iran, has previously attempted to disrupt maritime traffic in the Red Sea, targeting vessels linked to Israeli interests in a show of support for Gaza. This area is a vital conduit for global oil and fuel transport.

In response to the increasing threat from Houthi activities, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced the formation of Operation Prosperity Guardian, a multinational effort aimed at safeguarding these crucial sea lanes against attacks.–Web Desk