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USS Carney shoots down Houthi-fired missile

By Mandy Donalds
January 27, 2024

A missile launched by Iranian-backed Houthi militants towards the USS Carney was successfully intercepted, according to reports.

In a recent naval confrontation, the USS Carney, an American destroyer, successfully defended itself against a ballistic missile attack in the Gulf of Aden.

This event marks another instance in a series of aggressive actions by Houthi militants against commercial and military vessels in the region, as FOX News reported.

Escalation of tensions in the Red Sea

According to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), the missile was fired by the Houthi group, that has been targeting vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden since late last year.

Fortunately, the USS Carney's countermeasures were effective, and there were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.

This episode is part of a larger pattern of attacks by the Houthis in recent weeks, impacting maritime traffic and posing a significant threat to regional stability. Since Nov. 19, the Houthis have launched 37 attacks on both commercial and military ships, disrupting essential maritime routes.

The USS Carney has been actively involved in the region, having previously intercepted three Houthi drones in early December. The destroyer's role has been crucial in maintaining safety and stability in these international waters.

On Friday, the USS Carney was once again the target of Houthi aggression.

CENTCOM reported that the missile was fired around 1:30 p.m. Sanaa time from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen, aiming at the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer.

Recent attacks and U.S. responses

John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, recently informed reporters about similar hostile actions by the Houthis.

He mentioned an attack on Wednesday in which two merchant vessels were targeted by three missiles in the Southern Red Sea.

Kirby stated:

There were three Houthi missiles fired at two merchant vessels in the Southern Red Sea. One missile missed by something like 200 kilometers. The other two were shot down by a U.S. Navy destroyer.

The M/V Maersk Detroit, a U.S.-flagged and owned commercial container ship, was one of the vessels targeted in Wednesday's attack. These missiles, like the one aimed at the USS Carney, originated from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen.

USS Gravely's role in defending maritime traffic

In the Wednesday attack, another U.S. Navy vessel, the USS Gravely, played a critical role.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer successfully intercepted two of the missiles launched at the merchant vessels, highlighting the ongoing efforts of the U.S. Navy in the region to counter Houthi threats.

The USS Carney's recent action against the missile attack is a testament to the readiness and capability of the U.S. Navy in these troubled waters.

The continuous presence and vigilance of the U.S. Navy have been pivotal in ensuring the safety of both commercial and military vessels in this vital maritime region.

Friday's successful defense against the missile attack serves as a stark reminder of the volatile situation in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, where Houthi militants continue to pose a significant threat to international maritime security.

Comprehensive efforts to ensure maritime safety

The U.S. military's response to these threats has been multifaceted, involving not only active defense measures but also strategic positioning to deter future attacks.

The persistent threat posed by the Houthis requires constant vigilance and readiness to respond to any aggressive actions.

These recent incidents underscore the importance of international cooperation and coordination in securing these critical maritime routes. The Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea are crucial for global commerce, and their security is of paramount importance to the international community.

The U.S. Navy's successful interception of these attacks demonstrates their commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the region.

However, the ongoing conflict in Yemen and the Houthi group's continued aggression highlight the complexity and challenges of achieving long-term security in these waters.


  • The USS Carney successfully intercepted a missile fired by Houthi militants in the Gulf of Aden.
  • This attack is part of a series of 37 similar incidents since late November, targeting both commercial and military vessels.
  • The USS Gravely also played a significant role in defending maritime traffic against Houthi attacks.
  • These incidents highlight the ongoing threat posed by the Houthis in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, impacting global maritime security.
  • The U.S. Navy's presence and actions are crucial in maintaining safety and stability in these vital maritime regions.