Missiles fired at US warship near Yemen

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    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    U.S. Navy ship targeted in failed missile attack from Yemen: U.S.

    A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer was targeted on Sunday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, a U.S. military spokesman told Reuters, saying the two missiles failed to hit the ship.

    "USS Mason detected two inbound missiles over a 60-minute period while in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. Both missiles impacted the water before reaching the ship," Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said.

    "There were no injuries to our sailors and no damage to the ship," he said.

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    Relieving to hear that everybody is safe. Another article said the ship did not return fire but the missile launch triggered an unnamed countermeasures system.

    Nulka and SLQ-32?
     
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    It could also be somekind of advanced EW suit on the USS Mason, couldn't find much info about her EW systems though.
     
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    Does Nulka have electronic support capabilities, or is it just a decoy?

    I'd guess SLQ-32 was responsible if lethal defensive countermeasures weren't used. Target the control surfaces, jam the seeker, disrupt the electronic warhead detonation system, it's got the capability to effect many parts of a missile's internal makeup quickly.

    Gosh I wish the Navy would just say what it was|Rage|.

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    On another note, Naval officials have hinted at retaliatory measures - http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-pentagon-idUSKCN12B2DB

    The Pentagon on Tuesday warned that whoever fired missiles at a U.S. Navy destroyer and an accompanying ship off the coast of Yemen over the weekend had done so "at their own peril," language that suggested preparations for possible retaliation.

    Doubt they'll try targeting a US ship again.
     
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    Looks like I was wrong: https://news.usni.org/2016/10/11/us...s-to-defend-from-yemen-cruise-missiles-attack

    Mason launched two Standard Missile-2s (SM-2s) and a single Enhanced Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) to intercept the two missiles that were launched about 7 P.M. local time. In addition to the missiles, the ship used its Nulka anti-ship missile decoy, the sources confirmed. Mason was operating in international waters north of the strait of Bab el-Mandeb at the time of the attack.

    According to a defense official on Monday, Mason “employed onboard defensive measures” against the first suspected cruise missile, “although it is unclear whether this led to the missile striking the water or whether it would have struck the water anyway.” The official did not specify that the defensive measure was a missile fired from the ship.

    “It might be the first time the SM-2 used against an actual threat for which it was designed,” Clark said.
    “It’s definitely the first time ESSM has been used… This is obviously a huge deal.”

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    They fired missiles! Further along it says the missile was most likely a C-802.

    AEGIS all day!
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