The guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze responded to recent missile attacks against her sister ship, USS Mason and the Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Ponce early yesterday, launching a series of Tomahawk cruise missile strikes against Houthi rebel targets in Yemen.
Autoblog Military reported on the first attack earlier this week, which saw Mason fend off a pair of missiles with its Standard and Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles – the Houthi rebels allegedly launched a follow up attack on Wednesday, which was apparently the straw that broke the camel's back. Nitze fired its Tomahawks at the radar stations that made the attacks against her sister ship and the Ponce possible, the Navy said in a statement obtained by The Aviationist.
"Due to hostile acts, continuing and imminent threat of force, and multiple threats to vessels in the Bab-al Mandeb Strait, including US naval vessels, Nitze struck the sites, which were used to attack US ships operating in international waters, threatening freedom of navigation. Nitze is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts," the Navy said.
Nitze launched her Tomahawks early yesterday morning. You can see video of the launches in the video, posted by the Navy, above.