Over the past 24 hours, Houthi forces in Yemen have launched missiles towards two American Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers in the region.
United States CENTCOM confirmed that a Houthi cruise missile was fired towards the USS Gravely last night and was intercepted with no reports of injuries.
This is the closest call yet the US Navy has had with a Houthi missile.
Asked precisely how close the Houthi missile came to the USS Gravely before the warship shot it down with CIWS, one US military official told me, "stupid close." https://t.co/rRjMpYkwij
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Defense officials told CNN that a Phalanx CIWS was used to intercept the missile within one mile, marking the closest interception so far and also suggesting a potential failure of shipboard interceptor missiles.
Likewise, officials told Fox that a Houthi ballistic missile was fired towards the USS Carney earlier today in the Gulf of Aden and was successfully intercepted with a SM-6 extended range surface to air missile, marking its first ever operational use.