Naval Station Norfolk plays major role in Syria missile strikes


DAMASCUS, Syria (WAVY) — A cruiser, destroyer and submarine based at Naval Station Norfolk launched missiles into Syria late last week as part of a coalition offensive against chemical weapons facilities.

The USS John Warner, a Virginia Class Fast Attack submarine, fired six Tomahawk missiles from the Mediterranean Sea. It’s believed to be the first time a Virginia Class sub has seen combat.

The guided missile destroyer USS Laboon fired seven Tomahawks from the Mediterranean,
and the missile cruiser USS Monterey launched 30 from the Red Sea.

The Pentagon says U.S., British and French forces launched a total of 105 missiles on Syrian chemical weapons operations. 76 of the missiles destroyed a chemical weapons research center.

According to the Defense Department, all of the weapons launched reached their targets unopposed.  

Syria launched about 40 missiles afterward, but they were not guided weapons and did not affect coalition forces.

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