On April 14, 2018, a U.S. fast-attack submarine-launched tomahawk missiles from the Mediterranean Sea as part of a multi-national strike operation against the Syrian government in order to degrade the Syrian government’s capability to produce and utilize chemical weapons. The submarine’s operations in the Mediterranean Sea are part of a routine deployment in support of our regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests.
The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) fires a Tomahawk land attack missile April 14. Monterey is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.
President Trump announced that the U.S., Britain and France were launching airstrikes on Syrian targets Friday night in response to the suspected chemical attack near Damascus last weekend that killed more than 40 people.
The United States, along with Britain and France, bombed Syria on Friday night.
The decision to strike came one week after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against civilians outside Damascus, killing at least 42 adults and children. After that attack, President Donald Trump promised to exact a “big price” on the Assad regime.
The US and its allies deliberated a response over the following week. And then on Friday night, the countries hit three targets — including one on the outskirts of Damascus — all related to Syria’s chemical weapons program: a research center, a storage facility, and an equipment facility and command post.
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