Saturday, April 14, 2018

Syrian Anti-Chemical Weapons Strike

The U.S., U.K., and France launched attacks against three Syrian chemical weapons (CW) sites last night (0400 hr local Syrian time).  Here is the summary as provided by a Pentagon news briefing.

Barzah CW R&D Center

  • 57 Tomahawk (TLAM) missiles
  • 19 Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM)

Him Shinshar CW Storage

  • 9 TLAM
  • 8 Storm Shadow missiles
  • 3 naval cruise missiles
  • 2 SCALP land attack missiles

Him Shinshar CW Bunker

  • 7 SCALP missiles

The attacking platforms and their contributions were:


  • USS Monterey – 30 TLAM
  • USS LaBoon – 7 TLAM
  • USS Higgins – 23 TLAM
  • USS Warner – 6 TLAM

  • 2x B-1 bomber – 19 JASSM


  • Tornado/Typhoon – 8 Storm Shadow


  • Rafael/Mirage – 9 SCALP

The Pentagon reports that approximately 40 Syrian surface-to-air missiles were launched with the majority of them launching after the attacking weapons impacted. 

The Pentagon stated that no attacking platforms or weapons were hit.

The Pentagon stated that there has been no Russian military response.


  1. That's a lot of weapons at Barzah.

  2. My understanding is that the 6th Fleet will again, at last, have a CVBG.

  3. I was under the impression that three FREMM frigates also participated.


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