A Norfolk-based destroyer was involved in an airstrike that targeted a Syrian air base Thursday night, the Washington Post reported.
The Philippine Sea, based in Mayport, Fla., part of the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, launched about 60 cruise missiles in response to a chemical attack in Syria that killed over 80 civilians this week, according to the Post.
The USS Arleigh Burke, based in Norfolk, was also part of the strike, which happened about 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Thursday. The USS George H.W. Bush. had already been deployed to the Middle East with other destroyers and cruisers equipped to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles. The Arleigh Burke had been in the Red Sea, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
“No child of God should ever suffer such horror,” President Donald Trump later said, referring to the chemical attack. He called on other nations to end the “slaughter and bloodshed,” according to the Washington Post.