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Following the mining of the U.S. frigate Samuel B. Roberts on April 14, 1988, the Reagan administration ordered a retaliatory strike designed to bloody the nose of Iranian naval forces—without tipping over into full-out war.
In Operation Praying Mantis, Navy surface-action groups Bravo and Charlie proceeded to dispatch two Iranian oil platforms with ease, early on the morning of April 18, and then sunk the Iranian missile boat Joshan when she came to investigate.
At 12:50, two Iranian F-4 Phantom fighters came barreling towards SAG Charlie. Destroyer Lynde McCormick locked on with her radar and fired two long-range SM-2 missiles. The first tore half the wing off one of the Phantoms and raked its fuselage with shrapnel. Both Phantoms belted back to their base in Bandar Abbas.
Forty minutes later, the Iranian Revolutionary Navy dispatched squadrons of Swedish-built Boghammar boats to attack commercial targets across the Gulf. The USS Enterprise scrambled A-6E Intruder jets. One of the attack planes released a Rockeye cluster bomb over the motorboats—carpeting them with 247 one-pound bomblets. Surviving motorboats raced to Al Musa island, where their crews ran the boats aground and fled. Altogether, three of Iran's motorboats were sunk in various actions that day.
Finally, at 3:30, an Iranian Saam-class frigate was detected leaving the harbor on radar by an A-6E jet from attack squadron VA-95—fully loaded with a ship-busting “War at Sea” weapons package.
An orbiting Intruder swiftly detected the frigate Sabalan—and was detected by her.
The frigate launched three surface-to-air missiles at the Intruder. All missed, and the jet promptly retaliated by dropping a 500-pound laser-guided bomb directly into the ship’s "stack". The stricken Iranian frigate came to a dead stop, its stern drooping into the water.
The crippled Sabalan was now defenseless, and the Intruder pilot asked permission to engage in a second attack run.
But an unlikely angel came to Sabalan’s rescue.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff had been monitoring the engagement throughout the day. When the request came in to finish off Sabalan, Admiral William Crowe told Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci, “Sir, I think we’ve shed enough blood today.”
originally posted by: maes2
a reply to: carewemust
It seems you are over-optimistic, bro. The game is not as easy as you think. Innocent Americans ! Are you after those who killed innocent Americans ? then you should not go far, they are in white house. SEP11. You are not sure about what you are speaking about, bro. But I am sure Suleimani and the same kind of men are not the ones who kill the innocents.
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: frenchfries
What should President Trump do, to gain your approval?