14 Apr '17, 5pm

Before the missiles flew at Syria, a mad dash across the Mediterranean

Early in the morning on Tuesday, April 4, bombs filled with sarin gas began falling from Syrian military aircraft on the town of Khan Shaykhun, and soon thereafter images of dying men, women and children gasping their final breaths flooded the global media. By the end of the day, two Navy destroyers – the Porter and the Ross – were racing across the Mediterranean, scrambling to get into position to launch. The ships were ordered to prepare to strike at the Syrian regime as punishment for violating an international convention banning the use of chemical weapons -- if President Trump gave the order. “It was late on Tuesday evening that I received the call that there were requirements for a pending mission,” said Capt. Tate Westbrook, who commands the four-ship squadron based in Rota, Spain, including Porter and Ross. “Porter was just coming off her patrol and was heading wes...

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