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(VIDEO) Houthi rebels capture likely US Navy underwater drone off Yemeni coast

Houthi rebels capture US Navy underwater drone (YouTube)
January 04, 2018

Houthi rebels have captured a U.S. Navy research unmanned underwater vehicle off the coast of Yemen, according to a video posted earlier this week.

In the video, four men in dive gear are holding onto a yellow unmanned underwater vehicle, which appears to be a REMUS 600 made by Hydroid.

The REMUS 600 is designed to carry out anti-mine operations and conduct long-range maritime surveillance.

A U.S. defense official told USNI News that the REMUS 600 “was a passive system being operated by the Navy as part of a meteorological study.”

Members of the “Houthi Navy” claimed the underwater craft was being used by the Saudi coalition, a group that has been fighting the Houthi rebels for the past several years.

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