This morning, October 13th, at 4 AM (Yemen time) the U.S. Navy launched Tomahawk missiles at three radar sites off the coast of Yemen.
This was in retaliation for the attempted missile attack on a U.S. Navy destroyer by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels earlier this week on October 10th.
A U.S. official says the Navy has destroyed three radar locations in Yemen after missiles were fired at a U.S. destroyer off the Yemeni coast.
The official says:
“Earlier this evening (9 p.m. EDT / 4 a.m. local time in Yemen), the destroyer USS Nitze launched Tomahawk cruise missiles targeting three coastal radar sites in in Yemen along the Red Sea coast, north of the Bab-el-Mandeb strait. Initial assessments indicate that all three targets were destroyed.
“Destroying these radar sites will degrade their ability to track and target ships in the future. These radars were active during previous attacks and attempted attacks on ships in the Red Sea, including last week’s attack on the USA-flagged vessel “Swift-2”, and during attempted attacks on USS Mason and other ships as recently as today.
“The three radar sites were in remote areas, where there was little risk of civilian casualties or collateral damage. …
“All of these are in Houthi-controlled territory.”
This attack was meant to cripple the rebels ability to track U.S. ships operating in the Red Sea.
Hopefully the damage, along with the show of force will deter the Houthi rebels from attacking U.S. forces in the future.
However unlikely that may be.