For merely the second known time since the Gaza War started on Oct.7, a US Navy destroyer in the Red Sea region has intercepted a projectile fired from Houthi rebels in Yemen toward southern Israel.

The Pentagon identified that the USS Thomas Hudner, an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, intercepted a drone launched from Yemen on Wednesday.

It was last month that for the first time a US warship intercepted missiles fired from Yemen, and since then the Iran-backed Houthies have declared war on Israel.

Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh earlier this week announced that US forces and bases in the Mideast region have been attacked 55 times since mid-October, which includes 27 attacks in Iraq and 28 in Syria.

US forces have greatly beefed up their presence in the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, and most especially in the Eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea areas.