A U.S. Navy destroyer was fired on again with a cruise missile Wednesday off the coast of Yemen, according to a Defense official.
The USS Mason detected the missile at 6 a.m. ET. The ship fired countermeasures to thwart the missile, which landed harmlessly in the water, according to the official who was not authorized to comment publicly.
It’s unclear if the Navy’s response protected the ship, or if the missile simply missed. No sailors were hurt, and the USS Mason was undamaged.
The attack occurred south of Al Hudaydah, an area controlled by Houthi rebels who are backed by Iran. A similar attack failed on Sunday.
The Mason is deployed to the Red Sea as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. The Mason is supporting security operations in the region, which has been the site of confrontations with pirates and Iranian vessels suspected of carrying weapons to the Houthis.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Tom Vanden Brook