Global Network Military Reporting) The US Central Command, which is responsible for operations in the Middle East, issued a message on June 13 that it decided to send a missile destroyer to the Gulf of Oman due to an attack on oil tankers. The US Navys Mason (DDG-87) missile destroyer is on its way to the site of the incident to provide support, the source said.
The Mason is an Aliberg-class missile destroyer equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles in its arsenal. The US Central Command also said that 21 crew members of the attacked Kokuka Courageous tanker remained on board another US destroyer, the Banbridge. In addition, a U.S. P-8A anti-submarine patrol aircraft is now located in the Gulf of Oman tanker incident area.
Earlier, two tankers, Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous, were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. There are reports that torpedoes triggered explosions and fires on two ships, but no official confirmation has been obtained. The crew of the Front Altair tanker was evacuated to Iran; the crew of the Kokuka Courageous tanker leased by the Japanese Transport Corporation boarded the US Navys Bambridge missile destroyer. The crew of an oil tanker said there were 11 Russians on the Front Altair, none of whom were injured.
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