US military conducts strikes against three radar sites in Yemen

12 October 2016 (Last Updated October 12th, 2016 18:30)

The US military has successfully carried out strikes against three coastal radar sites in Yemen after a US Navy Arleigh Burke Class guided-missile destroyer, USS Mason, was attacked by missiles in the Red Sea.

The US military has successfully carried out strikes against three coastal radar sites in Yemen after a US Navy Arleigh Burke Class guided-missile destroyer, USS Mason, was attacked by missiles in the Red Sea.

USS Mason came under missile attack during its routine operations in international waters off the Red Sea coast of Yemen.

US Department of Defense Press Secretary Peter Cook confirmed that USS Nitze (DDG 94) launched the strike against the radar sites that are located in the Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen's Red Sea coast.

"These limited self-defence strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation."

These sites were involved in the recent missile launches threatening USS Mason and other vessels operating in international waters in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb.

Cook said that initial assessments showed that the sites were destroyed by the US strikes.

Cook further added: “The strikes, authorised by President Obama at the recommendation of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, targeted radar sites involved in the recent missile launches threatening USS Mason and other vessels operating in international waters in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb.

“These limited self-defence strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway.

“The US 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."


Image: The Arleigh Burke Class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). Photo: courtesy of the US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J Alexander.