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    Danger for Sailors Grows as Houthi Missile Gets Within 1 Mile of Destroyer USS Gravely

    Danger for Sailors Grows as Houthi Missile Gets Within 1 Mile of Destroyer USS Gravely

    As three families prepare to receive the remains of their loved ones — the three soldiers killed in a drone attack by -backed militants in Jordan over the weekend — details are emerging that suggest sailors in the Red Sea are also facing increasing danger amid the regional violence.

    U.S. Central Command announced Tuesday that the USS Gravely destroyer shot down an anti-ship cruise missile fired by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The incident initially came across as unremarkable, one of the now more than 40 engagements Navy destroyers have had in the waters off Yemen since October.

    However, multiple outlets reported that the Gravely shot down the missile using its Close-In Weapon System, or CIWS — a gatling gun system that is one of this ship's last lines of defense — after it came within a mile of the destroyer.

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    The incident appears to be the closest a Houthi weapon has come to a U.S. warship since the Navy began intercepting the group's drones and missiles on Oct. 19.

    As with nearly every other engagement conducted by destroyers in the area, Navy officials refused to offer any details on the incident to Military.com. As a result, it was unclear just how much danger the crew of the Gravely was in at the time of the shootdown.

    Broadly, though, most of the defensive shots by Navy ships have been…

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