Navy Vessels, B-1s Obliterate 3 Syrian Targets in Strike

A 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing departs from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in support of the multinational response to Syria’s chemical weapons use. The B-1B employed 19 Joint Air to Surface Standoff Munitions against Syrian chemical weapons targets, marking the first operational use of the JASSM-ER. (Phil Speck/Air Force) The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) fires a Tomahawk land attack missile April 13. Monterey is deployed to the U.S. Fifth 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. (DoD) The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) fires a Tomahawk land attack missile April 13. Monterey is deployed to the U.S. Fifth 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. (DoD) The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) fires a Tomahawk land attack missile April 13. Monterey is deployed to the U.S. Fifth 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. (DoD) A 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing prepares to depart from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in support of the multinational response to Syria’s chemical weapons use. The B-1B was used as part of a strike on Syria as part of the U.S. response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons. (Phil Speck/Air Force) It was all over in two minutes.

U.S., French and British forces hit three suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities with a total of 105 weapons that all struck their targets within two minutes at about 4 a.m. local time, Pentagon officials said Saturday.

"Could not have had a better result — Mission Accomplished!" President Donald Trump said in a Tweet early Saturday.

The attack involved ships, aircraft and one submarine operating from the Eastern Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Northern Arabian Sea against three targets — one on the outskirts of Damascus and two others 90 miles to the north.

A total of 76 missiles — 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMS) and 19 Joint Air to Surface Stand-Off Missiles-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) were fired at the sprawling Barzah Research and Development Center near Damascus, Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the Joint Staff Director, said at a Pentagon briefing.

At the same precise time, the Hims-Shinsar chemical weapons storage facility near Homs, about 90 miles north of Damascus, was hit with a total of 22 weapons — nine Tomahawks, eight British Storm Shadow missiles, three French Naval Cruise Missiles and two French SCALP land attack cruise missiles, McKenzie said.

The third target, the Hims–Shinsar chemical weapons bunker facility also near Homs, was hit with seven French SCALP missiles, McKenzie said.

In the Red Sea, the Ticonderoga-class cruiser […]