US Strikes Back! Navy Destroys Houthi Radar Sites
One day after a second missile launch targeted the USS Mason, the Navy decided to strike back. They launched cruise missiles from the USS Nitze, an Arleigh-Burke Class Destroyer. At around 4 a.m. Wednesday 3 radar sites in Houthi Controlled territory in Yemen were destroyed.
The Houthis launched two failed missile attacks against the USS Mason. We wrote about the first one, the second one came days later. One day after the second attack, the Navy launched cruise missiles and destroyed their radar sites. Will they back off?
According to Military.com,
A defense official told Military.com the attacks were conducted using sea-launched cruise missiles and originated from the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Nitze, but would not confirm the number of missiles fired, citing security reasons.
“This is a direct response to situations that threaten freedom of navigation,” Navy Lt. Ian McConaughey, a spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, told Military.com. “These strikes show our resolve against unprovoked hostility against the U.S. and are aimed at defending U.S. Navy assets.”
“These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway,” Cook said. “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-el-Mandeb, and elsewhere around the world.”
The Navy response is a good one
If you give a bully a bloody nose the first time they strike, one of two things will happen: either they’ll go get a bigger weapon, or they’ll leave you alone. The Iranian- backed Houthis likely won’t go get a bigger weapon, as total wipeout isn’t in their best interests.
Their partners, Iran and Russia, are the ones we have to pay attention to…
[ Featured pic- U.S. Navy photo from 2014 Tomahawk Missile launch/Carlos M. Vazquez II]