Joint Action: US, UK, and French Military Intercept Houthi Drones Following Assault on Bulk Carrier and Destroyers


After Yemen's Houthis, who are affiliated with Iran, attacked the bulk carrier Propel Fortune and U.S. warships in the region, the United States Navy issued a statement saying that hundreds of drones were shot down by forces from the United States, France, and the United Kingdom in the region of the Red Sea overnight and on Saturday.

Since November, the Houthis have been launching attacks against ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, which they claim is part of a campaign of solidarity with Palestinians during Israel's battle against Hamas in Gaza.

In a statement that was shown on television on Saturday, the military spokesman for the organization, Yahya Sarea, stated that they had made an attack on the cargo vessel as well as "a number of United States war destroyers at the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden with 37 drones."

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) reported that in the early hours of Saturday morning, the United States military and coalition forces had successfully shot down at least 28 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that were flying over the Red Sea.

"No U.S. or Coalition Navy vessels were damaged in the attack and there were also no reports by commercial ships of damage," according to a statement from CENTCOM.

A large-scale attack on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden occurred between the hours of four and six thirty in the morning (01000-0330 GMT), according to CENTCOM, which stated that the military was responding to the attack earlier on Saturday.

In a post on social networking platform X, it was stated that the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were designed to pose "an imminent threat to merchant vessels, U.S. Navy, and coalition ships in the region."

According to a statement released by the French army, a French cruiser and fighter jets were in addition responsible for shooting down four combat drones that were heading in the direction of naval vessels that were part of the European Aspides mission in the region.

"This defensive action directly contributed to the protection of the cargo ship True Confidence, under the Barbados flag, which was struck on March 6 and is being towed, as well as other commercial vessels transiting in the area," according to the report.

A battleship from France is currently stationed in the region, and the country also has airplanes at its bases in Djibouti and the United Arab Emirates.

ASSEMBLY BY DRONE

A Houthi drone attack was successfully repelled overnight by the British cruiser HMS Richmond, according to the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom. The ministry also stated that there were no injuries or damage inflicted as a result of the strike.

"Last night, HMS Richmond used its Sea Ceptor missiles to shoot down two attack drones - successfully repelling yet another illegal attack by the Iranian-backed Houthis," Grant Shapps, the defense minister, announced on X.

"The UK and our allies will continue to take the action necessary to save lives and protect freedom of navigation."

The Houthis launched a missile attack on the Greek-operated True Confidence on Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of three seafarers. This was the first civilian casualty since the Houthis began their attacks on the vital trade route.

Additionally, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) acknowledged that there was an attempt to execute an attack on the Propel Fortune, which was flying the flag of Singapore.

It was claimed that the shipping firm had encountered two explosions in the immediate proximity of the bulk carrier; nonetheless, all of the crew members on board were unharmed, and the vessel was moving forward to its subsequent port of call.

USMTO issued a statement in which it stated, "Based on sources, it is likely that Propel Fortune was targeted due to outdated ownership data in the United States."

It was said by Sarea that the Houthis will carry on with their attacks "until the aggression ceases and the siege on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip is lifted."

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