USCENTCOM Neutralizes Four Uncrewed Aerial Systems In Yemen

Thu May 16 2024
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WASHINGTON: On May 14, at approximately 9 p.m. (Sanaa time), U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) forces executed a successful operation, destroying four uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) in a region of Yemen controlled by backed Houthis. The decision to take action was prompted by the determination that these systems posed an imminent threat to U.S., coalition forces, and merchant vessels operating in the area.

The targeted destruction of the UAS was carried out as part of USCENTCOM’s ongoing efforts to safeguard freedom of navigation and enhance the safety and security of international waters for U.S., coalition, and merchant vessels. The operation underscores the commitment of U.S. forces to proactively address threats posed by hostile actors in the region and uphold maritime security in critical waterways.

The presence of Houthi forces in Yemen has been a source of concern for regional stability, with past instances of UAS attacks targeting shipping lanes and maritime assets. USCENTCOM’s swift and decisive response to the identified threat reflects the prioritization of proactive measures to mitigate risks and ensure the protection of vital maritime interests.

By neutralizing the four UAS, USCENTCOM demonstrated its readiness to respond to emerging threats in real-time, employing precision tactics to eliminate potential dangers to maritime operations.



The operation serves as a clear signal of U.S. commitment to deterring hostile actions and maintaining stability in the region, sending a message to adversaries that aggressive behavior will be met with decisive action.

USCENTCOM’s proactive approach to countering threats in Yemen underscores the importance of international cooperation and collective efforts to address security challenges in the region. The successful operation contributes to enhancing the overall security environment in the maritime domain, bolstering confidence among stakeholders and reinforcing the principles of freedom of navigation and safe passage for vessels.

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