Britain says a Royal Navy ship has shot down an attack drone over the Red Sea

Britain says a Royal Navy ship has shot down an attack drone over the Red Sea
# 16 December 2023 18:14 (UTC +04:00)

A Royal Navy warship has shot down a suspected attack drone targeting commercial ships in the Red Sea, Britain’s defense secretary said Saturday, APA reports citing The Associated Press.

Grant Shapps said that HMS Diamond fired a Sea Viper missile and destroyed a drone that was “targeting merchant shipping.” The overnight action is the first time the Royal Navy has shot down an aerial target in anger since the 1991 Gulf War.

Shapps said attacks on commercial ships in the global trade artery by Yemen’s Houthi rebels “represent a direct threat to international commerce and maritime security.”

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