Operation Praying Mantis - Persian Gulf 1988

May 14th, 2006  

Topic: Operation Praying Mantis - Persian Gulf 1988

Operation Praying Mantis: 18 April 1988

As the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) limped away from the minefield, Navy divers recovered other mines whose serial numbers matched the ones found aboard the Iranian minelayer Iran Ajr several months earlier. Planning for the retaliation, which was dubbed Operation Praying Mantis, began immediately, and three groups of U.S. warships were assembled in the Gulf. On the morning of 18 April, four days after the mining, they were ready to strike.

This is a video clip produced by U.S. Navy public affairs and aired on 30 April 1988.