FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Yemen Attacking A U.S. Warship In January 2024?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A photo shared on X, formerly Twitter, allegedly shows Yemen attacking a U.S. warship in January 2024. 

Verdict: False

The image is miscaptioned. It actually shows Iran blowing up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier in 2015, according to multiple credible news outlets.

Fact Check: 

Yemen’s Houthis launched their largest Red Sea aerial attack on Wednesday, forcing U.S. and British navies to strike down the barrage of drones and missiles, according to NPR. No damage has yet been reported, however, the outlet reported.

An X, formerly known as Twitter, post purports to show an image of a Yemen attack on a US. warship. The photo appears to show a ship at sea with a large explosion on one end.

“The attack on the U.S. Warship today by Yemen!” the caption reads. “Yemen proved itself AGAIN!”

The image is miscaptioned, however. It actually shows Iran blowing up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier, according to a February 2015 article from CNN. “The mock U.S. aircraft carrier explodes during the large-scale naval drills near the entrance of the Persian Gulf,” the image’s caption reads. “The drill, named Great Prophet 9, was the first to involve a replica of a U.S. carrier.”

The photo was also posted by Arab News, Military Times and ABC News within that same month. (RELATED: Viral Post About ‘Yemeni Navy’ Lacks Context)

Check Your Fact has reached out to spokespeople for the U.S. Navy and Army for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received from either source.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter