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Press Release | Jan. 31, 2024

CENTCOM Self-Defense Strike Against Houthi UAVs and Ground Control Station


Jan. 31, 2024
Release Number 20240131 – 03

TAMPA, Fla. – On Feb. 1 at approximately 1:30 a.m., (Sanaa time), U.S. Central Command forces conducted strikes against an Iranian-backed Houthi UAV ground control station and 10 Houthi one-way UAVs.

U.S. forces identified the UAV ground control station and one-way attack UAVs in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined that they presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels and the U.S. Navy ships in the region.

U.S. Forces subsequently struck and destroyed the UAV ground control station and 10 one-way attack UAVs in self-defense. This action will protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure for U.S. Navy vessels and merchant vessels.