Pentagon won’t rule out Iranian source for missiles in failed attack on US ships

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason conducts formation exercises with Cyclone-class patrol crafts on Sept. 10, 2016.   Janweb B. Lagazo/U.S. Navy
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The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason conducts formation exercises with Cyclone-class patrol crafts on Sept. 10, 2016. Janweb B. Lagazo/U.S. Navy

Pentagon won’t rule out Iranian source for missiles in failed attack on US ships

by: Tara Copp | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon won’t rule out that Iranian missiles provided to rebels in Yemen were used to fire upon two U.S. warships in the Red Sea on Sunday, spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said Tuesday.

The destroyer USS Mason and amphibious warship USS Ponce were conducting “routine operations in international waters” in the Red Sea on Sunday night when the first of two cruise missiles was detected heading toward them, Davis said.

The commanding officer of the Norfolk, Va.,-based USS Mason believed the missiles to be “a threat to his ship and launched countermeasures,” Davis said. The second cruise missile, launched about an hour later, fell into the sea before it was considered a threat to the ships, Davis said.

“The initial thoughts are that this [attack] was aimed at them,” Davis said.

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