Dec 03, 2023

US carrier group in Mideast intercepts Iranian-produced drone

Posted Dec 03, 2023 12:00 PM
Photo U.S. Central Command
Photo U.S. Central Command

WASHINGTON — Aircraft from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Carrier Air Wing intercepted an Iranian Mohajer-6 Surveillance and Attack Drone Saturday, according to a statement of U.S. Central Command.

The drone was Operating in an “Unsafe and Unprofessional Manner” near Carrier Strike Group 2 (CSG-2) in the Persian Gulf; there was no damage to ships or crew during the Interception.

A U.S. Navy warship sailing near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait shot down a drone launched from Yemen on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, in the latest in a string of threats from Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

U.S. Central Command said the USS Carney, a Navy destroyer, downed the drone — an Iranian-made KAS-04 — which was launched from a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen and was heading toward the warship.

The ship was operating in the the southern Red Sea and was moving toward the strait. At the time of the morning shootdown, the Carney was escorting the USNS Supply, a Military Sealift Command fast combat supply ship, as well as another U.S. flagged and crewed ship carrying military equipment to the region. There were no injuries to U.S. personnel and no damage to the ships, the command said in a statement.

The shootdown came a day after a Iranian drone flew within 1,500 yards (1,370 meters) of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier as it was conducting flight operations in international waters.