Pentagon Says US Warship Sustained Fire From Mideast Attackers

A U.S. warship stationed in the Red Sea — the USS Carney — and multiple commercial vessels sustained an attack Sunday, according to a report from the Pentagon.

“We’re aware of reports regarding attacks on the USS Carney and commercial vessels in the Red Sea and will provide information as it becomes available,” the Pentagon said in a report to The Associated Press. The report did not say who it believes was behind the fire taken by commercial and military ships in the attack.

The attack started around 10 a.m. local time in Sanaa, Yemen, and continued for around five hours, according to a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity. A U.S. defense official told Fox News Sunday, “Houthi missiles struck some commercial ships in the Red Sea. The Carney has been lending assistance and shot down at least two UAVs headed in its direction.”

According to the Fox News report, the USS Carney is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer that has been fielding guided missiles against drones and cruise missiles deployed by the Houthi rebels.

Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree — a spokesman for the anti-government Houthi group in Yemen — claimed the Houthi military hit one of the vessels with a missile and another by drone. Saree did not say if the attack involved a U.S. military vessel. According to the spokesman, the ships ignored warnings from Houthi officials while transiting the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

“The Yemeni armed forces continue to prevent Israeli ships from navigating the Red Sea [and the Gulf of Aden] until the Israeli aggression against our steadfast brothers in the Gaza Strip stops,” Saree said. The spokesman warned Israeli ships and those “associated with Israelis” would become a “legitimate target” in these waters.

Saree said the first vessel the Houthis attacked was the Unity Explorer, a British-owned bulk carrier flying the flag of the Bahamas. A resident of Israel serves as one of its officers. The second vessel was a container ship named Number 9 linked to a German shipping company and flying the Panamanian flag.