USS San Antonio also attacked off Yemen

13News Now Mike Gooding has the story

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A second Norfolk-based Navy ship was targeted by rebel missiles in Yemen.

The captain of the USS San Antonio posted that his ship was also fired upon, on top of reports that the USS Mason was attacked up to three times over the last week.

The San Antonio came under attack in the Red Sea, by the same Iran-back Shiite Houthi rebels that also fired missiles at the USS Mason.

The Commanding Officer of the San Antonio, Capt. Darren Nelson confirmed the incident in an October 13th posting on the ship's Facebook page.

He wrote: "The transit was challenging and missiles were launched against the USS Mason and USS San Antonio. Our crew performed  flawlessly in defense of our ship."

This is just the most recent flash point in a seemingly escalating situation.

It began last week when the Mason was fired upon by the rebels.

The Norfolk-based USS Nitze fired back, launching Tomahawk Cruise missile, destroying Houthi radar sites.

Now comes this latest unwelcome news, that the San Antonio was also targeted.

Captain Nelson offered comforting words in his posting, writing: "Allow me to reassure you that all of your sailors and Marines are safe and doing well. All hands had a huge role in guaranteeing San Antonio's safety throughout the transit."



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