ComNavOps suggested in the
anti-chemical weapons strike post that
it demonstrated that the Syria and UK have some severe limitations with
their military reach and readiness.
Some commenters scoffed at that assessment. Well, here’s some more evidence from a
Defense News article. (1) The French
frigate that was designated to launch the three cruise missiles failed to do so
and a backup ship had to launch missiles, instead. France
“When a French multimission frigate failed to fire its salvo of three naval cruise missiles during last weekend’s joint airstrike on Syria, the military drew on a backup plan.
The frigate’s sister ship, the
, instead launched its
naval cruise missiles at the three Syrian targets. The mission was the first
time Languedoc fired its naval cruise missile, a weapon which up until then only the British and U.S.had fired against a threat. France
“The first salvo did not fire,” Army Col. Patrick Steiger, spokesman for the French Joint Chief of Staff, told Defense News on April 18.”
The launch failures may not have been limited to French ships. A French aircraft may have also had a launch failure.
“The spokesman declined to comment on why the French Air Force did not fire a 10th cruise missile, as reported by website Le Mamouth.
The Air Force declined comment. Each of the five Rafale fighter jets on the mission carried two Scalp cruise weapons, of which nine were fired.”
I’ve harped on the
readiness issues but US appears to have issues of their own. France
(1)Defense News website, “
turns to plan B when missile launch
fails during France airstrikes”, Pierre Tran, Syria 18-Apr-2018,