My only reaction is are you kidding me?
And I’m not referring to Dave Roberts’ decision to intentionally load the bases with a walk during a tie game in the bottom of the 8th inning in Game 1 of the NLCS. The Cubs made him pay for that, rather grandly.
No, I mean, here I am, minding my own business (i.e. baseball), and I read the Houthis loosed another anti-ship cruise missile at the USS Mason!
Come on, people!
This is getting so wild, it is tough keeping track! Toward that end, here is a roundup of recent events (with background here). Depending on what happens, I may run updates periodically. But I hope it doesn’t get that far.
Oct. 1: UAE-operated HSV Swift is targeted and hit by a shore-launched ASCM.
Oct. 9: USS Mason and USS Ponce are targeted but successfully defend themselves.
Oct. 12: USS Mason is fired upon once more, but again without damage. UPDATE: Apparently the amphibious transport USS San Antonio was also targeted in this incident, according to an Oct. 13 note from the CO on their very own Facebook page. Judging from future posts, which show San Antonio transiting the Suez Canal on Oct. 16, the ship was just transiting through the strait en route to the Mediterranean and not part of any ongoing operation there.
Oct. 13: USS Nitze, also in the Bab al-Mandeb area, fires Tomahawk cruise missiles at radar sites associated with the missile launches. Also, Iran says it is sending ships to the Red Sea to check in on things. You know, they just happened to have a warship ready for a long-term out-of-area deployment and a logistics vessel on call to keep it fueled and fed. Purely coincidentally.
Oct. 15: USS Mason is attacked a third time, but again performs in a fashion to make us proud.
Oct. 25: The game continues, this time with random merchant ships. Apparently an explosives-laden skiff approached a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker in the Bab al-Mandeb, firing small arms at it. About 20 meters out from the tanker’s hull, the skiff exploded, intentionally or otherwise. Had it gotten closer, we’d have probably heard about this a bit more promptly (it was about a week until I caught wind of it). LNG tankers are volatile, to put it gently.
Combat Action Ribbons for everybody!