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Submitted by T. Wade Raiborn (United States), Mar 23, 2003 at 22:25

I served on the USS McInerney FFG-8 as an Electronic Warfare Technician 1991-1994. French made Exocet's were the most respected missles out there. We regularly had discusstions about the USS Stark, while on long mid-watches (0000-0700) at sea. I served with sailors who were onboard the vessel when it was hit.

One question I have always wondered - Why, if you are a pilot in a very capable MIG warplane attacking a merchant vessel or oil tanker do you have to SNEAK up, FIRE and Haul ASS once the missles are released? You can not tell me they had no idea the USS Stark was not a warship. I blame our politicians for not pursuing the issue more thoroughly in the months after the attack. That was just a preliminary step in our relations with good'ole IRAQ.
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