Another missile was fired at a US ship from territory controlled by Iranian proxies, still no US response
A U.S. Navy destroyer was fired on again with a cruise missile Wednesday off the coast of Yemen, according to the Defense Department's spokesman.They should be able to lock in on the firing position for the cruise missiles and take it out with missiles of their own or an air attack. Why they do not think there has been an appropriate time for responding is puzzling and the delay seems to only invite more attacks. Doing nothing has not solved the problem.
The USS Mason detected the missile at 11 a.m. ET. The ship fired countermeasures to thwart the missile, which landed harmlessly in the water, according to Peter Cook, the Pentagon's press secretary.
It’s unclear if the Navy’s response protected the ship, or if the missile simply missed. No sailors were hurt, and the USS Mason was undamaged.
The attack occurred south of Al Hudaydah, an area controlled by Houthi rebels who are backed by Iran. A similar attack failed on Sunday.
The Mason is deployed to the Red Sea as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. The Mason is supporting security operations in the region, which has been the site of confrontations with pirates and Iranian vessels suspected of carrying weapons to the Houthis.
"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," Cook said.