American Sailors, Airmen Helped Thwart Iranian Missile Attack on Israel

While Israeli air defense systems took out most of the 300 missiles and one-way drones fired by Iran during an unprecedented attack on Israel on Saturday, American sailors and airmen in the region helped to shoot down a number of them.

U.S. sailors on the USS Arleigh Burke and USS Carney, stationed in the Mediterranean Sea, destroyed between four to six Iranian ballistic missiles, according to a senior military official briefing reporters on Sunday.

In addition, U.S. airmen in the region shot down more than 70 suicide attack drones headed to Israel, the official said. Those airmen included the 494th Fighter Squadron based in the United Kingdom and the 335th Fighter Squadron from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.

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