USS Stark (FFG-31)

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The Stark Before Mississippi (1988)
The Stark Before Mississippi (1988)
Order January 23, 1978
Keel laying August 24, 1979
Launch May 30, 1980
1. Period of service flag
Commissioning October 23, 1982
Decommissioning May 7, 1999
Whereabouts Wrecked
Technical specifications

4100 tons


133.5 meters


13.5 meters


7.5 meters


17 officers, 198 sailors


1 propeller, driven by 2 gas turbines; 41,000  wave horsepower


29+ knots


1 gun 76 mm, 2 torpedo launchers. Disarmed: 1 rocket launcher

The USS  Stark (FFG-31) was the 23rd ship in the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided missile frigates in the US Navy . It was named after Admiral Harold R. Stark .


The keel of the frigate was laid on August 24, 1979 at the Todd shipyard in Seattle . On 30 May 1980 she had her launch ; she began active service on October 23, 1982.

The USS Stark was struck on the morning of May 18, 1987

The USS Stark served in the Middle East in 1984 and 1987 as part of Operation Earnest Will to protect US oil shipments. On May 17, 1987, she was badly damaged by two Exocet missiles fired by an Iraqi Mirage F1 during the Iran-Iraq war . The plane took off from Shaibah at 8 p.m. local time and flew south into the Persian Gulf . Shortly after the US frigate routinely asked the Mirage to identify itself at around 10:10 p.m., its pilot fired two Exocet anti-ship missiles at the USS Stark. Due to a malfunction of the phalanx defense system, the warning electronics did not recognize the missile attack. The first missile was only noticed by a lookout seconds before impact. She turned to port and exploded in the crew quarters . The impact had caused a hole 3 x 4 meters. The ensuing fire put most of the electronic systems on the ship out of action. The second missile hit the superstructure of the frigate. 37 US sailors were killed and 21 wounded. The attempt to target the Mirage with the help of two Saudi F-15 Eagles failed because the Saudi military was unable to fire at an Iraqi aircraft in Iraqi airspace. The fire on the USS Stark was brought under control during the night. The ship was able to return to the base in Bahrain on its own . The repair cost $ 142 million.

The USS Stark then joined the Atlantic Fleet before being relocated back to the Middle East in 1991. In 1993 she belonged to UNITAS ; In 1994 she participated in Operations Support Democracy and Noble Anvil .

On May 7, 1999, she was decommissioned, struck from the ship register and scrapped from June 21, 2006 .

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