February 25, 2024

Houthi rebels supported by Iran launched a barrage of drones and missiles north towards Israel on Tuesday, with the onslaught blocked by a U.S. Navy destroyer and F/A-18 Super Hornets.

U.S. Central Command said that the attack began at 6:30am and lasted for 10 hours.

‘U.S. assets, to include the USS LABOON (DDG 58) and F/A-18 Super Hornets from the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, shot down twelve one-way attack drones, three anti-ship ballistic missiles, and two land attack cruise missiles in the Southern Red Sea that were fired by the Houthis over a 10 hour period which began at approximately 6:30 a.m. (Sanaa time) on December 26,’ Centcom said on X.

‘There was no damage to ships in the area or reported injuries.’

F/A-18C Hornets assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 fly over the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Hornets were in action on Tuesday to shoot down missiles fired from Yemen into the Red Sea

The guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) was on Tuesday shooting down strikes fired from Yemen

The guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) was on Tuesday shooting down strikes fired from Yemen

The attack came the day after President Joe Biden authorized retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, following strikes on a U.S. airbase in Erbil which left three U.S. troops injured – one of them critically.

And Tuesday’s attack is just the latest launched from Yemen.

On Saturday, Laboon shot down four unmanned aerial vehicles in the Red Sea.

After shooting down the drones, the Laboon responded to distress calls after two commercial vessels came under attack, Navy Times reported.

The M/V Blaamanen, a Norwegian-flagged, owned, and operated chemical tanker reported a near miss of a Houthi one-way attack drone, while the M/V Saibaba, a Gabon-owned, Indian-flagged crude oil tanker was hit by a one-way attack drone, with no injuries reported.

A week before, on December 16, the Navy destroyer Carney took down 14 attack drones in the Red Sea.

CentCom said in a statement earlier this month that the U.S. has ‘every reason to believe that these attacks, while launched by the Houthis in Yemen, are fully enabled by Iran.’

Lloyd Austin, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, announced on December 18 the creation of a multinational task force to help protect civilian ships in the region.