A file picture shows shows the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) thwarting a combination of Houthi missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles in the Red Sea, on October 19, 2023 . AFP

US warship in Red Sea shoots down Houthi drone, fears for maritime shipping mounts

The drone originating from the Houthi-controlled part of Yemen was shot down by the Carney, a US destroyer.

WASHINGTON – A US Navy warship in the Red Sea shot down an Iran-produced drone launched from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, US Central Command said on Wednesday, in the latest defensive move by the US military in the region in recent weeks.

Washington is on heightened alert for activity by Iran-backed groups as regional tensions soar during the Israel-Hamas conflict amid worries it could spread.

The drone was shot down by the Carney, a destroyer, US Central Command, part of the US Department of Defence, said on messaging platform X.

“Although its intentions are not known, the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) was heading toward the warship,” it said, adding that at the time the Carney was escorting two ships, one of which was carrying military equipment to the region.

There were no injuries to US personnel and no damage to US ships, the statement said.

In October, a US warship intercepted four cruise missiles and 15 drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement from Yemen towards Israel.

The US has sent a significant amount of naval power to the Middle East in the past month, including two aircraft carriers, their support ships and thousands of US troops since October.

The incident took place amid increasing fears by commercial ships over increasing dangers at sea after armed groups have attacked and seized vessels in waters around the Red Sea and off the coast of Yemen.

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