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USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) steamed in the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of operations in the Arabian Sea to ensure maritime stability and security in the region, 24 April 2021. U.S. Navy photo

USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) steamed in the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of operations in the Arabian Sea to ensure maritime stability and security in the region, 24 April 2021. U.S. Navy photo

US Navy Destroyer Defends Itself Against Drone in Red Sea

Mike Schuler
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November 16, 2023

A U.S. Navy warship successfully shot down a drone that was launched towards it from Yemen, according to the U.S. Central Command. The incident occurred on Wednesday while the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) was transiting international waters in the Red Sea.

The crew of the Thomas Hudner engaged the drone, which originated from Yemen and was heading towards the ship, CENTCOM said. Fortunately, there were no casualties or damage to the ship reported.

The incident comes after the USS Carney last month shot down three cruise missiles and several drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen towards Israel.

The ongoing Israel-Hamas war has heightened tensions in the region, prompting increased security measures against Iran-backed groups.

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