13 October 2016 - Khamisiyah 2.0?
Updated: Oct 2
13 October 2016: the USS NITZE fires five Tomahawk missiles to destroy Houthi rebel munitions depots. Reportedly, a cache of 93 C-802s had been intercepted by pirates from an Iranian vessel during the mid-1990s and the munitions were not recovered. One C-802 ASM missile was fired over previous weeks, which killed a U.S. Naval crew aboard a small vessel named HSV Swift. Unconfirmed reports by retired forensic ballistics experts identified the blast pattern seen in photos as caused by a C-802 missile. Presumably, this accounts for one of the 93 which were pirated some two decades earlier. 92 C-802s remained unaccounted for.
9 October 2016: US Navy crews are stationed aboard the USS Ponce, alongside the USS Mason and USS Nitze off the coast of Yemen, at the Bab-Al Mandeb straight in the waters of the Red Sea. Corresponding to their subsequently awarded Combat Action Ribbon (CAR), the crew of the USS PONCE—and the NITZE and MASON— were involved in 13 incoming C-802 ANTI-SHIP MISSILES (ASM) attacks off the coast of Yemen between 9 October 2016 to 15 October 2016.