Navy destroyer shoots down drone launched from Yemen, Pentagon says

A U.S. Navy warship shot down an Iranian drone launched from Yemen on Wednesday, the same day the Pentagon announced it had warned Tehran against using the drone in the region.

While in the southern Red Sea, the Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyer USS Kearney struck an Iranian-made KAS-04 drone launched from Houthi-held territory in Yemen at around 11 a.m. local time, according to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Shot down. ) said in a statement.

“The UAV was heading towards a warship, although its intentions are unknown,” CENTCOM noted.

At the time of the shooting, the Kearney was escorting the USNS supply ship, a military maritime transportation command high-speed combat support ship, and another U.S.-flagged manned ship delivering military equipment to the area.

According to the command, no U.S. military personnel were injured and no U.S. ships were damaged.

The incident came as the U.S. military on Tuesday warned Iran about “safe and unprofessional” drone exercises near the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group.

The US government has accused the Iranian government of flying a drone within 1,500 feet of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Strike Group during routine flight operations in the central Arabian Gulf.

Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Navy Central Command, said the drone was not more than 10 nautical miles from the ship and “violated safety precautions.”

Just a week ago, the Navy destroyer USS Thomas Hudner shot down multiple one-way attack drones in the Red Sea.

Following the start of the Israel-Hamas war on October 7, the US Navy is increasing the number of warships stationed in the Middle East. The conflict has heightened tensions in the Middle East and threatens to lead to more widespread fighting.

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