USS “Mason” on Sunday for the third time was shelled from the territory of Yemen. This fact suggests that the Yemeni rebels have a strong desire to attack American ships, which the Huthis “big scores”. However, too little is unlikely they can cause the U.S. Navy even minimal damage. And what is the explanation.
The USS “Mason” in the Red sea for the third time under fire from Yemen, which is controlled by the Houthis rebels. “They shot at him with cruise missiles from the coast,” said chief of staff U.S. Navy Admiral John Richardson. Sources Associated Press the Pentagon also said that the destroyer was released a few missiles. However, “the ship took countermeasures and was not damaged,” added NBC, citing sources in the us Navy.
“The main thing is technique. They have a very good protection against a variety of attack tools”
Three attempted destroyer of the fourth generation
Recall, the USS “Mason” has type “Arleigh Burke” – destroyer with guided missiles of the fourth generation. “Mason” was launched in 2001, its displacement is 6950 tons. The ship, in particular, are equipped with military defense system “aegis”, can carry up to 74 missiles, including cruise. The incident with the “Mason” became a precedent is the first case in the history of the use of anti-ship missiles (ASM) against American warships.
For the first time, “Mason” came under rocket attack in international waters near the coast of Yemen on Monday, the ship received no damage. Both missiles fell into the water short of the target. “Mason”, in turn, fired several anti-aircraft missiles to repel the attack. On Wednesday off the coast of Yemen “Mason” was subjected to the second rocket fire. Press Secretary of the Pentagon Peter cook then stated that the United States has every right to respond to rocket attacks “properly”. On Thursday it became known that US forces attacked three radar installations in Yemen. “The order of the attacks gave the U.S. President Barack Obama on the recommendation of the Minister of defence Ashton Carter and the head of the joint chiefs of staff U.S. army General Joseph Dunford,” explained cook.
The Houthis denied involvement in the attack on the us destroyer: “the Accusations are baseless, army (controlled by the Houthis unit – approx. OPINION) and people’s committees have no relation to the shelling,” – said on Thursday the source in the rebel leadership. Meanwhile, despite increased tensions between States and rebels on Sunday, the Houthis freed two US citizens suspected of espionage.
Missiles not yet fly
In the US, however, believe that the missiles were fired from the territory of Yemen and Houthis. Recently stated by a Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis. However, he suggested that it was used Silkworm anti-ship missiles, which are in the Arsenal of the army of Iran. Silkworm, in a literal translation of “silkworm,” the Chinese anti-ship missiles HY series, a descendant of RCC, the Soviet P-15 “Termite”. It is actively exported by China to Middle East countries, were used in the Iran-Iraq conflict in the 1980-ies. In 1991 Iraq attacked these missile an American ship (also unsuccessfully), in addition, missiles used during the war in Iraq.
According to the military analyst Yuri Lyamin, judging by the video of consequences of attack on the United States radar installations in Yemen, strikes on ships “Mason” and “Ponce” could cause anti-aircraft missile system s-75 “Dvina”. Such complexes of the Soviet production are in service with the army of Yemen – since the days when South Yemen was a regional ally of the Soviet Union.
What exactly was used missiles, I can only assume, said in an interview with the newspaper LOOK Director of the program of the Center for political studies of Russia Vadim Kozyulin. However, he stressed that it is inclined to the view States, “as it relates to them directly,” in favor of Iranian missiles. “And the range is very small – up to 20 kilometers. It’s possible that they just do not fly,” – said the expert. He recalled that in the United States suggest that during the shelling on Wednesday, one of the rockets flew, and the second, they may reflect themselves.
“Yemen has the potential and the desire to get in among the ships of the United States”
However, “the fact that the supply of rockets there are and there are trained crews of such complexes, already indicates that Yemen has the potential to fight enemy ships and the desire to get including American ships,” said the expert. In his opinion, “is expected to continue this story, will be more powerful systems”.
At the same time, the spokesman did not rule out that the Houthis can not be sure one hundred percent, whose ship it is at sea, that is not in line of sight: “They can bombard any ships that look like military, because they realize that the warships of the allies is nothing to do here,” said Kozyulin.
We will remind, officially the United States did not join the coalition led by the Saudis, who support the deposed government of Yemen, that is, formally, the Americans are trying to persuade the warring parties to a peace agreement. So in fact the Houthis are fighting with the Arab coalition and “will continue the attacks,” said Kozyulin.
“Bills to the US from the Huthis large”
However, it is impossible not to remember about the negative attitude of the Houthis to the United States that supply arms to Saudi Arabia, including cluster munitions, bombs, the expert reminded. Note that, according to Reuters, last year the Obama administration sold Saudi Arabia weapons for $ 1.3 billion. Meanwhile, American bombs were used during raids, whose victims are civilians, including members of the wedding ceremonies. “Bills to the US from the Houthis, Yemenis in General, large,” – said the expert.
On Friday, The New York Times also stated: one and a half years of bombing and the deaths of several thousand civilians in Yemen inciting the wrath not only against the Saudis, but also to their backers in Washington: “the Americans had the patronage (led by the Saudis coalition – approx. OPINION), and directed the war from the very beginning”, – said the publication representative of Yemen, Brigadier General Izzat Luqman. Many in Yemen say that the US attacks were the first public evidence that the United States has long conducted “extensive campaign” in the country and to provide military assistance to Saudi Arabia, said The NYT. The fact that “Americans are rather active in the fight against the Houthis,” agreed earlier, in an interview with the newspaper VIEW Director of the Centre for the study of the Middle East and Central Asia semen Bagdasarov. He explained that in combat a number of private military campaigns. “This is a logical action of Americans against the enemy, which is Iran’s interests, nothing special about it,” – said the analyst.
“American ships, this will not work”
Meanwhile, Kozyulin said that the Houthis fight with the Americans will be very difficult: “Americans these threats, of course, responded. They have a fairly developed means of reflection. Today, the American fleet is the most modern in the world. So to knock out this warship will be very difficult,” – said the source.
The rebels already had occasion to note a small victory over “the most modern fleet in the world.” About two weeks cruise missiles launched by militants, and inflicted serious damage to the catamaran HSV Swift naked high speed transport ship that UAE leased from the United States. However, it was not equipped with anti-missile funds, said the source. “American ships, this will not work” – says Kozyulin.
The crew of American warships also one of the most trained in the world, the expert added. “Now they know what to fear, and are always in readiness, he said. – But most importantly – technique. They have a very good protection against a variety of attack tools”.
Recall that in Yemen from August 2014, the confrontation between government forces and the rebel movement “Ansar Allah” (Houthis). In the most active phase it passed with the invasion in March 2015, the coalition, led by Saudi Arabia.