Dramatic footage shows the moment the US launched fresh strikes on Iranian-backed Houthi targets in Yemen.
Warplanes and missiles were launched at Houthi forces from the USS Gravely, USS Carney and the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Sunday morning.
The attacks, launched in retaliation to blitzes on civilian and military ships in vital Red Sea shipping waters, were intended to ‘further disrupt’ and ‘degrade the capabilities’ of the Houthi, the Pentagon said.
US Central Command, which shared video of the launches on X, said the ‘self-defense strike’ was conducted about 4am local time (8pm EST) before the ordinance was launched.
The strikes came after an international coalition, led by US and UK forces, struck 36 Houthi targets across 13 locations in Yemen on Saturday. American military crews also destroyed a Houthi cruise missile.
A fleet of United States warships have joined forces to launch missiles and support strikes on Iranian-backed Houthi targets
The USS Gravely, USS Carney and the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower were amongst U.S. warships to have launched missiles at Houthi forces on Sunday
U.S. Central Command uploaded a video of the launches on X (formerly known as Twitter ) showing the dramatic moments as the missiles are unleashed from the ships
The strikes came after American military crews destroyed a Houthi cruise missile on Saturday
The US and Britain on Saturday carried out a second wave of assaults meant to further disable Houthi groups that have relentlessly attacked American and international interests in the wake of the Israel–Hamas war.
But Washington once more did not directly target Iran as it tries to find a balance between a forceful response and intensifying the conflict.
U.S. Central Command said its forces conducted an additional strike on Sunday “in self-defense against a Houthi anti-ship cruise missile prepared to launch against ships in the Red Sea,” according to a post on X, formerly Twitter.
‘U.S. forces identified the cruise missile in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined it presented an imminent threat to US Navy ships and merchant vessels in the region,’ it said.
‘This action will protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure for U.S. Navy vessels and merchant vessels.’
On January 11, the U.S and UK launched attacks against the Houthi in Yemen. The U.S. military used more than 100 precision missiles to hit 60 targets at 16 locations.
Super Hornets, Navy destroyers, and a submarine launched Tomahawk cruise missiles during the blitz.
Sites including command and control nodes, munitions depots, launching systems, production facilities and air defense radar systems were hit, according to officials.
At least one submarine was deployed, the U.S. would not confirm exactly which one but Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN-728) entered the Red Sea in November, USNI News reports. The vessel has capacity for 154 missiles.
Super Hornets from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) were deployed, along with Air Force fighters originating from a base in the Middle East.
‘These targeted strikes are a clear message that the United States and our partners will not tolerate attacks on our personnel or allow hostile actors to imperil freedom of navigation in one of the world’s most critical commercial routes,’ President Joe Biden said after the attacks.
‘I will not hesitate to direct further measures to protect our people and the free flow of international commerce as necessary.’
On Saturday, the UK said it had joined forces with the U.S. to fight against the Houthi forces in Yemen as at least 36 targets were blasted in the third wave of attacks to ‘protect innocent lives’.
The U.K engaged in another wave of ‘proportionate and targeted strikes’ against Iran-linked Houthi militants.
The attacks are meant to further disable Iran-backed groups that have relentlessly assaulted American and international interests with drones and missiles in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war.
UK Defense Secretary Grant Shapps insisted the bombings are ‘not an escalation’ of the Red Sea crisis and claimed the latest strikes will have further degraded the Houthis’ capabilities.
‘The Houthis’ attacks on commercial and military vessels in the Red Sea are illegal and unacceptable and it is our duty to protect innocent lives and preserve freedom of navigation,’ he said.
‘That is why the Royal Air Force engaged in a third wave of proportionate and targeted strikes against Houthi military targets in Yemen.
Houthi fighters are pictured riding vehicles at a rally in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and the recent Houthi strikes on shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden on February 4
Houthi fighters are pictured walking to attend a rally in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and the recent Houthi strikes on shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden on February 4
Yemen’s Houthi fighter is pictured as he mans a heavy machine gun mounted on a vehicle at a rally in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip
‘We acted alongside our US allies, with the support of many international partners, in self-defenses and in accordance with international law.’
The strikes on Saturday against the Houthis were launched by U.S. warships and American and British fighter jets.
The strikes followed an air assault in Iraq and Syria on Friday that targeted other Iranian-backed militias and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in retaliation for the drone strike that killed three U.S. troops in Jordan last weekend.