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US military says it destroyed three Houthi vessels in Red Sea

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US forces destroyed three Iranian-backed Houthi uncrewed surface vessels in the Red Sea in a 24-hour period, the US Central Command said.

A flight operating crew member signals a F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet on the flight deck of the USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) aircraft carrier in the southern Red Sea, Middle East. File picture: Reuters, Hamad I Mohammed

US FORCES destroyed three Iranian-backed Houthi uncrewed surface vessels in the Red Sea in the past 24 hours, the US Central Command (Centcom) said on Saturday.

Separately, the Houthis launched three anti-ship ballistic missiles into the Gulf of Aden but there were no injuries or significant damage reported by US, coalition, or merchant vessels, Centcom added.

The US military’s Central Command also dismissed as “categorically false” recent claims about a successful attack by Houthi forces on the aircraft carrier Dwight D Eisenhower.

The Iran-aligned Houthis first launched drone and missile strikes in the key waterway for trade in November in what they say is solidarity with Palestinian militants in Gaza, where Israel has waged a more than eight-month war.

In more than 70 attacks, the Houthis have sunk two vessels, seized another and killed at least three seafarers. But US warships have successfully intercepted almost daily Houthi attacks and repeatedly struck Houthi targets inside Yemen.

The Eisenhower, which ended its deployment to the Red Sea on Saturday and will briefly reposition to the Mediterranean Sea, rushed to the region in the days following Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel.

“The (Eisenhower carrier strike group) protected ships transiting the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb and the Gulf of Aden, rescued innocent mariners against the unlawful attacks from the Iranian-backed Houthis and helped to deter further aggression,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

The Pentagon announced the US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) will follow the Eisenhower, heading to Middle East waters once it completes an exercise in the Pacific.

Earlier the Houthi group said its forces had attacked the Eisenhower in the Red Sea and the operation had achieved its objectives successfully, without elaborating. The group also said it attacked a commercial ship, Transworld Navigator, in the Arabian Sea. It did not say when the attacks took place.

A Houthi statement said the Transworld Navigator took a direct hit from a missile.

A drone attack caused damage to a merchant vessel 65 nautical miles west of Yemen’s Hodeidah, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and British security firm Ambrey said on Sunday.

“All crew members are reported safe, and the vessel is proceeding to its next port of call,” UKMTO said in an advisory note.

In a separate note, Ambrey identified the vessel as a “Liberia-flagged fully cellular container ship”, without providing its name. It said no injuries were reported.

– REUTERS

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