U.S. Navy Responds To Missile Threat Against USS Mason Off The Coast Of Yemen
The U.S. guided missile destroyer, USS Mason responded to missile threats off the coast of Yemen yesterday. The ship employed “defensive countermeasures” and was not hit by the missile, according to a statement from the Department of Defense. Officials believe the missile was launched from Houthi-controlled territory near Al Hudaydah, Yemen.
The ship was in international waters off the Red Sea coast when the incident occurred, according to U.S. military officials. This is the second time this week that the ship was targeted.
The “USS Mason will continue its operations,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement yesterday. “Those who threaten our forces should know that U.S. commanders retain the right to defend their ships, and we will respond to this threat at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner.”
Today, the U.S. military launched strikes against three radar sites in Yemen that were likely where the missiles originated from. Officials believe the sites were destroyed.
“These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway,” according to a statement today from the Department of Defense. “The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate, and will continue to maintain our freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandeb, and elsewhere around the world.”
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook is expected to brief reporters at 1:30 EST today regarding the situation.
(Photo Credit- Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Elber/Department of Defense)