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German navy ‘almost shot down’ US drone – Prime Time News24

A German naval frigate despatched to guard business ships within the Crimson Sea ‘nearly shot down’ a US drone by mistake earlier this week.

The German defence ministry confirmed media stories {that a} drone incident involving an allied nation occurred on Monday, with out naming the nation.

The Hesse frigate opened fireplace after efforts to determine an unknown drone “have been unsuccessful”, Defence Minister Boris Pistorius stated throughout a go to to the German city of Oberviechtach, including that the goal was “not hit”.

The drone later turned out to be a “reconnaissance drone”, he stated.

In accordance with Der Spiegel weekly, the frigate fired two missiles on the drone, however each crashed into the ocean due to “a technical defect”.

The weekly, with out citing its sources, stated the drone that was almost downed was a US Reaper.

It might need been working within the area “as a part of an American anti-terror mission” unrelated to the Crimson Sea mission, Spiegel added.

The Frankfurter Allgem-eine newspaper stated it was “widespread data that American fight drones are used within the area that don’t have anything to do with the operation within the Crimson Sea”. The German defence ministry stated the frigate solely launched an assault after none of its allies reported a drone within the space.

In accordance with Spiegel, navy officers believed the pleasant fireplace incident confirmed that coordination between allies concerned in varied missions within the area round Yemen “must be improved”.

The Hesse arrived within the area on the weekend as a part of an EU mission to assist safe delivery within the Crimson Sea from assaults by Yemen’s Houthis.



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