- US Navy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The USS Nitze launched Tomahawk cruise missiles in a retaliatory strike after two incidents in which US ships were unsuccessfully targeted by anti-ship missiles while operating in international waters.
The Navy released the following video of USS Nitze’s strike against three coastal radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen’s Red Sea coast.
The Houthis, an Iran-backed militant uprising against the internationally recognized government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi, denied firing on the USS Mason. However, the group took credit for a similar missile strike that savaged a former US Navy ship operated by the United Arab Emirates.
The Pentagon stated that the radar sites had been active during the attempts on US ships, and that they were in remote locations where civilian casualties were unlikely.
“Initial assessments show the sites were destroyed,” a Pentagon statement read.