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.
American Military News interviewed Hydroid about their underwater drones last year while at the ADS Warrior East Expo in Virginia Beach to learn more.