The Arleigh Burke-class HMS CARNEY DDG-64 thwarted a saturation attack, downing 14 UAVs fired by South Yemen and pro-Iranian Houthis in the Red Sea. According to CENTCOM’s social media account, the UAVs, identified as one-way attack drones, were neutralised without causing any damage to the ship. Other allied vessels in the vicinity were promptly informed of the incident.
A few days ago, Iranian drones also attacked a French frigate. However, today’s encounter marks the first instance of a Western ship facing a saturation attack, providing a glimpse into the potential future of naval warfare. CENTCOM highlighted the significance of this event as a snapshot of the evolving dynamics and challenges faced by naval forces.
The successful defence by HMS CARNEY DDG-64 underscores the importance of advanced anti-drone capabilities in maritime security. As nations continue to invest in unmanned technologies, the threat landscape for naval operations is evolving rapidly.