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Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on USS Mason

Release No: 16-104 Oct. 13, 2016 PRINT | E-MAIL

Release No: NR-363-16 
Oct. 12, 2016

For the second time in four days, USS Mason responded to an incoming missile threat while conducting routine operations in international waters off the Red Sea coast of Yemen.  At about 6 p.m. local time today (11 a.m. EDT), the ship detected at least one missile that we assess originated from Houthi-controlled territory near Al Hudaydah, Yemen. The ship employed defensive countermeasures, and the missile did not reach USS Mason.  There was no damage to the ship or its crew.  USS Mason will continue its operations.  Those who threaten our forces should know that U.S. commanders retain the right to defend their ships, and we will respond to this threat at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner.

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