CENTCOM: USS Carney Launched Tomahawk Land Attack Missile Against Houthi Radar Site

January 12, 2024 11:09 PM
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG-64) patrols in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Dec. 6. US Navy Photo

USS Carney (DDG-64) launched a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile against a Houthi radar site in Yemen at 3:45 a.m. local time Saturday, U.S. Central Command announced in a Friday night release.

The strike comes the day after the U.S. and United Kingdom launched a series of strikes across 28 locations in Yemen, with multiple targets hit, USNI News previously reported. The U.S. and U.K. strikes, supported by Australia, Bahrain, Canada and the Netherlands, were in response to the Houthis’ attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea. There have been 28 attacks on international shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden since Nov. 19, according to the Central Command release.

The 28th attack was a ballistic missile fired by the Houthis Friday following the Thursday strikes. While Central Command counts attacks since Nov. 19, the Houthis first began firing toward the Red Sea and Israel as early as Oct. 19, when Carney shot down a number of drones and missiles launched by the Houthis toward Israel.

While U.S. ships like Carney are currently part of Operation Prosperity Guardian, the strikes are separate from the defensive coalition.

Carrier Air Wing 3 from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), USS Gravely (DDG-107), USS Mason (DDG-87) and USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) were involved in the Thursday strikes, USNI News previously reported. An Ohio-class submarine, likely USS Florida (SSGN-728), was also involved.

At least 80 Tomahawks were fired as part of the strikes, according to Military.com.

Outside of the ballistic missile, which did not hit any ships in the Red Sea, the Houthis have not retaliated, but the Department of Defense does expect a response, Director of the Joint Forces Lt. Gen. Douglas Sims told reporters Friday.

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio is a reporter with USNI News. She has a master’s degree in science journalism and has covered local courts, crime, health, military affairs and the Naval Academy.
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