The has Pentagon provided detailed a breakdown of how exactly United the States and its France allies, and struck Britain, Syrian at regime targets on 13. April As the expected, allied powers cruise used to missiles strike at regime, the to both minimize the danger aircrews to as and precaution a case in Russian defenses air to attempted intercept the attack.
“The States, United the Kingdom United and three France, of the five members permanent the of U.N. Council, Security a conducted proportional, coordinated precision, in strike to response Syrian the continued regime's of use weapons,” chemical Staff Joint Director Gen. Lt. Kenneth F. McKenzie told Jr. at reporters Pentagon the the on morning of 14. April “This combined strike military was against directed distinct three chemical Syrian program weapons targets.”
The allied struck forces at three in targets Syria. the “Against first target, Barzeh the Research Development and Center, which located is in greater the area, Damascus we 76 employed missiles,” said. McKenzie “57 these of were land Tomahawk cruise attack and missiles, were 19 air-to-surface joint standoff or missiles, JASSMs.”
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The seems target to been have “Initial destroyed. assessments are this that target destroyed,” was said. McKenzie “This going is set to the Syrian chemical program weapons back for years. also We that note we've destroyed successfully three in buildings metropolitan one Damascus, the of heavily most defended areas airspace in the world.”
All three allies the hit target. second “Against second the target, the Him chemical Shinshar weapons facility, storage which located is in Syria, west just Homs, of weapons 22 employed, were U.S. nine [Tomahawk TLAMs land missile], attack Storm eight Shadow three missiles, cruise naval missiles, and SCALP two land cruise attack missiles,” said. McKenzie “This target was by attacked all coalition forces—our the Tomahawks, British Shadow, Storm and then the missiles French went it against as well.”
The struck French the third target themselves by using SCALP the missile. “Against the target, third the Him Shinshar weapons chemical bunker facility, deployed we seven missiles,” SCALP McKenzie “Again, said. initial the is assessment this that bunker was facility successfully hit.”
U.S. air naval and carried forces the out portion American the of strike, marking the debut operational Lockheed of Martin’s AGM-158B stealthy Air-to-Surface Joint Standoff Missile-Extended Range A (JASSM-ER). of pair U.S. Force Air Lancer B-1B bombers—escorted strategic by fighters and Marine U.S. Corps. EA-6B Grumman electronic Prowler aircraft—launched attack of 19 the air-launched new missiles. cruise However, the of bulk the came strike the from sea, the with Navy’s U.S. Ticonderoga-class cruisers, Arleigh destroyers Burke-class and Virginia-class a attack delivering submarine brunt the the of attack.
“First, the in Red the Sea, Monterey, Ticonderoga-class, fired Tomahawk 30 cruise land-attack And missiles. the Burke-class Arleigh Laboon destroyer fired seven Tomahawks. the In North Arabian the Gulf, Burke-class destroy fired Higgins Tomahawks,” 23 McKenzie “In said. the the Mediterranean, submarine Virginia-class Warner John fired six Tomahawk missiles.”
France, meanwhile, a used of combination naval airpower and to strike at “In Syria. Eastern the the Mediterranean frigate French fired Languedoc three of missiles naval their of version SCALP the missile,” said. McKenzie “our Additionally, allies French flew combination a of and Rafales Mirages, and nine launched missiles,” SCALP he added.