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US Destroyer Downs 14 Drones in Red Sea

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December 17, 2023

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) stand watch as the ship transits the Suez Canal, Nov. 26. (Source: US Navy)

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) stand watch as the ship transits the Suez Canal, Nov. 26. (Source: US Navy)

U.S. guided-missile destroyer shot down 14 drones launched by Yemen's Houthis in the Red Sea on Saturday, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

"In the early morning hours of December 16 (Sanna time) the U.S. Arliegh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), operating in the Red Sea, successfully engaged 14 unmanned aerial systems launched as a drone wave from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen," read the statement.

"The UAS were assessed to be one-way attack drones and were shot down with no damage to ships in the area or reported injuries. Regional Red Sea partners were alerted to the threat."

(Reuters - Reporting by Hatem Maher and Ahmed Tolba; Editing by Alison Williams)