Tensions off Yemen have escalated as Houthi rebels launch attacks on US destroyers, aso the US Navy knocks our rebel radar sites, and as the Iranians send a largely symbolic squadron of just two small warships, erroneously described as destroyers in some reports.
"Iran's Alvand and Bushehr warships have been dispatched to the Gulf of Aden to protect trade vessels from piracy," the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported on October 13. From Radio Free Europe
Tasmin further stated:
US Navy (USN) vessels operating near Yemen launched attacks against three coastal radar sites in response to being fired upon on 9 October and again on 12 October.
Arleigh Burke-class (Flight IIA) destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), on 13 October in early morning local time, struck "three radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen's Red Sea coast," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.