Navy Remembers Operation Praying Mantis

Navy Remembers Operation Praying Mantis


ON APRIL 18, 1988 USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS HIT
AN IRANIAN MINE. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN INITIATED OPERATION
PRAYING MANTIS IN RESPONSE, ORDERING THE NAVY TO DESTROY TWO IRANIAN OIL PLATFORMS IN THE
PERSIAN GULF. “THEY MUST KNOW THAT WE WILL PROTECT OUR SHIPS
AND IF THEY THREATEN US THEY’LL PAY A PRICE.” NAT SOUND – EVACUATE THE PLATFORM IMMEDIATELY.
I REPEAT, EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. MUSIC PLAYING, MISSILE FIRING AN IRANIAN PATROL BOAT FIRED BACK, BUT WAS
PROMPTLY NEUTRALIZED BY THE USS SIMPSON AND USS WAINRIGHT. THE IRANIAN NAVY ALSO ENGAGED THE U.S. IN
THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ “WELL WE OF COURSE HAD NO WAY OF KNOWING JUST
WHAT THEIR REACTION MIGHT BE. ON THE OTHER HAND, IT WOULD NOT BE PRUDENT NOT TO HAVE
PLANNED WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A REACTION. OF COURSE OUR SHIPS ARE PREPARED AND HAVE
THE NECESSARY GUIDANCE TO PERMIT THEM TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST ANY HOSTILE ACTION AND
THEY TOOK THE NECESSARY ACTION VERY SUCCESSFULLY.” NAT SOUND – MUSIC PLAYING, MISSILE FIRING. OPERATION PRAYING MANTIS LASTED APPROXIMATELY
9 HOURS AND INVOLVED COORDINATION BETWEEN NAVY SURFACE AND AIR ELEMENTS TO COMPLETE
THE OPERATION. BY THE END OF THE OPERATION THE COALITION
OF SURFACE AND AIR UNITS NOT ONLY DESTROYED THE TWO OIL RIGS BUT ALSO IRANIAN UNITS ATTEMPTING
TO COUNTER ATTACK U.S. FORCES. ONCE THE CEASE FIRE WAS ORDERED HALF OF IRAN’S
OPERATIONAL FLEET WAS SUNK OR SEVERELY DAMAGED. “I THINK ALL OF OUR PEOPLE, AND BY THIS I’D
HAVE TO SAY THE PEOPLE OF ALL THE SERVICES INVOLVED IN THAT ENGAGEMENT, THAT SERIES OF
ENGAGEMENTS LAST MONDAY. ALL OF THEM DEMONSTRATED A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM, GOOD
COORDINATION, GOOD PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE.” FROM THE DEFENSE MEDIA ACTIVITY, I’M PETTY
OFFICER JONATHAN PANKAU.

4 comments

  1. No mention at all of our SAG, I was aboard USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8), who essentially was your partner in crime that whole deployment

  2. No mention of my ship either, but our captain scurried us to safety as fast as possible – USS Pyro, AE-24. Good thing – if we'd been hit and exploded, it would have been renamed the Wides of Hormuz. 

  3. Stop your lies 5 boat and halicopter and aircraft vs only 1 boat what about know how many times your marin and boat sized by iranian

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