A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15D Eagle at Nancy, France, for Green Field 2014 (Image © Dennis Spronk)

Update on Saudi air strikes, US Navy advances

UPDATED | The Armed Forces of Saudi Arabia ended Operation Decisive Storm, the air strikes and ground/naval campaign against shi’ite Houthis in Yemen, the Kingdom officially announced. Royal Saudi Air Force fighter jets and helicopters stay on the ground most of the time, while the US Navy just sent in a sizable combat force.

The single-sided cease-fire announced by Riyadh was broken fairly soon, as RSAF aircraft bombed positions near Taiz when Houthi rebel forces advanced there. The Saudi leadership already warned their opponents not to take advantage of the halt of the air strikes to move forward on the battlefield.

In the meantime the the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) – with on board roughly 60 combat aircraft – and its carrier battle group that includes the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy – have been dispatched to a position close to Yemen “only to ensure free navigation of ships” in the area. According to sources in Washington there are now standing orders to attack.

Saudi Arabia and many Arab nations committed more than 180 aircraft – including many RSAF F-15s – to the air campaign against the Houthi forces in Yemen. An overview and background of the conflict you read here.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15D Eagle at Nancy, France, for Green Field 2014 (Image © Dennis Spronk)