Over the past hour, there have been a flurry of unconfirmed reports of multiple attacks against vessels in the Red Sea.
The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) has reported three incidents:
- 0928 UTC- Loitering munition attacks against a vessel in the Red Sea.
- 1425 UTC- Loitering munition attacks against a vessel in the Red Sea.
- 1429 UTC- “an entity declaring itself to be the Yemeni authorities ordering a vessel to alter course.”
Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera, citing an unnamed Pentagon official, reported that missiles and explosive drones were launched in the direction of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Carney, however, no damage or injuries were reported.
This comes amid increased tensions as the Houthis pledged to target any Israeli owned or operated vessels in the Red Sea.
Last week, the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed that the USS Carney shot down an “Iranian-produced KAS-04 unmanned aerial vehicle launched from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.”
“Although its intentions are not known, the UAV was heading toward the warship.”
“KAS-04” is the American designation of the Samad-3 UAV. The Samad-3 is an extended range variant of the Samad platform, which can be used in both ISR or direct kinetic strikes with an 18kg warhead.