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US Destroyer, Super Hornets shot down 12 attack drones, three anti-ship ballistic missiles, and two land attack cruise missiles over the Red Sea

US Destroyer, Super Hornets shot down multiple targets

According to US Central Command (CENTCOM), a US guided-missile destroyer and fighters from aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (IKE) interdicted a dozen suicide drones and anti-ship missiles on Dec. 26, 2023.

CENTCOM said in a statement that Houthi forces fired the 12 attack drones, three anti-ship ballistic missiles and two land-attack cruise missiles from Yemen.

The missiles and drones, “were fired by the Houthis over a 10 hour period which began at approximately 6:30 a.m. (Sanaa time) on December 26. There was no damage to ships in the area or reported injuries,” says the statement.

The attacks were interdicted by destroyer USS Laboon (DDG-58) and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets that had sortied from the carrier. According to USNI News, since last week, Eisenhower and its escorts have been operating from the Gulf of Aden.

Protect merchant shipping in the Red Sea

Laboon has been operating on the other side of the Bab el Manded as part of the ongoing Operation Prosperity Guardian collation that was stood up to protect merchant shipping in the Red Sea.

This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. F/A-18F Super Hornet VFA-11 Red Rippers, AB101 / 166634 / 2015

The Iranian-backed Houthi forces have targeted ships they say have a connection to Israel in a show of solidarity with Hamas in Gaza since Oct. 17.

Reuters reported that also on Dec. 26, Houthi forces claimed responsibility for a failed attack on container ship MV MSC United VIII.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower deployment

IKE departed on a scheduled deployment, on Oct. 14. Its strike group deployed to the US European Command area of responsibility where along with USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) carrier strike group operates in the area at the direction of the Secretary of Defense to bolster deterrence in the region.

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 squadrons are deployed aboard IKE.

Squadrons of CVW-3 include the “Gunslingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 ( assigned aircraft (AA): F/A-18E Super Hornet), the “Fighting Swordsmen” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 (AA: F/A-18F Super Hornet), the “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 (AA: F/A-18E Super Hornet), the “Wildcats” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 (AA: F/A-18E Super Hornet), the “Screwtops” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 (AA: E-2D Hawkeye), the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130 (AA: EA-18G Growler), the “Dusty Dogs” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 (AA: MH-60S Seahawk), the “Swamp Foxes” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 (AA: MH-60S Seahawk) and the “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 (AA: C-2A Greyhound).

Photo credit: U.S. Navy

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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