US claims that for the second time this week, two missiles have been fired at its Navy destroyer in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, though they have fallen short of the warship.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, US officials said the USS Mason, which was accompanied by the USS Ponce transport dock, came under a missile attack as it was operating north of the the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait on Wednesday.
However, none of the missiles hit the ship or caused any damage, the officials added, claiming that the attacks were launched from a territory in Yemen controlled by the Houthi Ansarullah fighters.
The US ship reportedly fired defensive salvos in response to the missiles.
The incident comes three days after a similar failed missile attack on the USS Mason, with Washington reportedly weighing possible strikes against the Houthis.
On October 1, the Houthis successfully targeted and destroyed an Emirati military vessel near the Red Sea port city of Mukha.
The US-made HSV-2 Swift was a high-speed logistical ship capable of locating mines, controlling military operations and transporting troops and equipment. Over 20 sailors were reportedly killed on board the warship.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has been conducting a deadly military campaign in Yemen to crush the Houthis and their allies and restore power to resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
The UAE is a key ally of the Riyadh regime in its aggression against Yemen, which has left more than 10,000 people dead according to a US estimate. The US has also been providing logistic and surveillance support to the kingdom in the offensive.