Triumph of Technology: How the American Missile Destroyer USS Carney Defeated Kamikaze Drones

The American destroyer successfully shot down 14 kamikaze drones launched by the Houthi rebels from Yemen, ensuring security in the region. A British ship is assisting merchant vessels, ensuring their safety at sea

American missile destroyer USS Carney
American missile destroyer USS Carney / Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, PDM 1.0 DEED

On the morning of December 16th, in the waters of the Red Sea, the American missile destroyer USS Carney successfully repelled an unmanned aerial vehicle attack.

As reported by the United States Central Command, the vessel countered the aerial aggression launched by the Houthi rebels from Yemen, who unleashed a wave of fourteen kamikaze drones on it.

The U.S. military command clarified that the destroyer USS Carney, belonging to the "Arleigh Burke" class and stationed in the Red Sea, successfully destroyed all enemy-launched drones.

The strike unmanned aerial vehicles, according to expert assessments, had a unidirectional focus. This allowed the destroyer to effectively counter the threat, without sustaining any damages or casualties among the personnel.

Representatives of the Central Command emphasized the absence of casualties and specified that U.S. allies in the Red Sea region were timely informed about the potential threat and the measures taken to neutralize it.

The Houthi rebels in Yemen, supported by Iran, launched a series of attacks on vessels in the Red Sea, one of the busiest maritime routes in the world, posing a significant threat to international trade and maritime security.

Earlier, British Defense Minister Grant Shapps reported on social network "X" about the successful use of the Sea Viper missile from the aircraft carrier HMS Diamond to destroy a drone aimed against merchant shipping. This event marked the first recorded instance of an aerial target being shot down by the British Royal Navy since the Persian Conflict in 1991.

HMS Diamond
HMS Diamond / Defence Imagery, CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED

Shapps expressed concern about the Houthi attacks from Yemen on merchant ships, emphasizing that such actions pose a serious threat to global trade and maritime security. He also declared the UK's commitment to protecting the freedom of global trade and preventing such attacks.

To strengthen security in the region, HMS Diamond was dispatched there two weeks ago as part of international efforts to deter, joining forces with the U.S., France, and other countries.

This was not an isolated incident. Earlier, USS Carney responded to distress signals from commercial vessels that had come under attack. During these operations, the destroyer shot down additional drones and missiles as part of its defensive activities.

Frequent Houthi attacks in the Red Sea have caused serious concern among global shipping companies.

Some of them, such as the French container transport company CMA CGM Group, ordered their ships to halt movement through the Red Sea until further notice. This decision reflects the increased risk in this key global trade artery.


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