But a U.S. defense official said that the ship, although was not hit, was definitely targeted.
This bellicose escalation occurred only a week after our Navy sent warships to the area when a United Arab Emirates flagged auxiliary ship was destroyed off the coast of Yemen by the same Houthis.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said, "We assess the missiles were launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen. The United States remains committed to ensuring freedom of navigation everywhere in the world, and we will continue to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our ships and our service members."
This incident is not so much on the Houthis--it's on Iran. They're the ones who gave them the missiles and we need to reassess the nuclear deal and our relationship with these terrorists.
"In the first instance USS Mason employed onboard defensive measures, although it is unclear whether this led to the missile striking the water or whether it would have struck the water anyway," an official told Fox News.
The USS Mason was conducting routine operations in international waters when the Houthis fired the missiles, but an exact location was not given.
"Beyond that, the incident is under investigation, and we hope to have more details for you in the coming days," the official said. "We take this very seriously. We will protect our people."
Yemen's Shi'ite Muslim rebels offered no reason for the missile launches which came after a Saudi-led airstrike targeting a funeral in Yemen's capital which killed over 140 people, and wounding 525 people.