The US is weighing possible responses after two separate missiles fired from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen targeted US Navy ships in the Red Sea, prompting a destroyer to launch countermeasures. On Sunday, two separate missiles fired from the coastal areas of Yemen came near the USS Mason. The destroyer launched unnamed countermeasures to deter one missile, and another missile landed in the sea about an hour later, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said during a Tuesday briefing. The US is still collecting intelligence to determine exactly who fired the missiles, as well as possible responses. The delay in possible retaliation is because the ships need to determine exactly what targets would be hit and ensure that no collateral damage would occur. The Mason at the time was steaming alongside the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship, and it is thought the Ponce was the original target, Davis said. The attack on the US ships came about a week after missiles from Houthi rebels hit a UAE civilian vessel in the same waters.
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."