Operation Praying Mantis Image Gallery



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Guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) and an approaching U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight underway in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy Photo by PH2 Rudy Pahoyo, DN-SC-88-08601, NHHC L File)

U.S. Navy Photo by PH2 Rudy Pahoyo, DN-SC-88-08601, NHHC L File

Commander Paul X. Rinn, Commanding Officer of Samuel B. Roberts when she struck the mine. (NHHC L File)

Photo of Commander Paul X. Rinn

A-6E Intruders, U.S. Navy attack aircraft that participated in Operation Praying Mantis.
(NHHC L File)

Photo of A-6 Intruders

Captain James B. Perkins III, Surface Action Group Bravo commander in Operation Praying Mantis. (NHHC L File)

  Photo of Captain James B. Perkins III

Marines inspect a ZU-23 23mm automatic antiaircraft gun on the Iranian Sassan oil platform, which was subsequently destroyed as part of the operation. (U.S. Navy Photo by Cpl. John Hyp, DM-SN-93-00990)

U.S. Navy Photo by Cpl. John Hyp, DM-SN-93-00990

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Utility/Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 prepares to transport confiscated military equipment from an Iranian oil platform, which was subsequently destroyed. (U.S. Navy Photo, 880418-N-ZZ999-008)

U.S. Navy Photo, 880418-N-ZZ999-008

The main building of the Sassan oil platform burns after being hit by a BGM-71 tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missile fired from a Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter. (U.S. Navy Photo by Cpl. John Hyp, DM-SN-93-00989)

An air-to-air left side view of an A-6E Intruder aircraft dropping CBU-59 cluster bombs over Iranian targets. (U.S. Navy Photo, DN-SN-89-03126, NHHC L File)

U.S. Navy Photo, DN-SN-89-03126, NHHC L File

The Iranian frigate Sahand (F 74) burns after being attacked by aircraft from the nuclear-powered carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). (U.S. Navy Photo, DN-SN-89-03122)

CVN 65). (U.S. Navy Photo, DN-SN-89-03122

An aerial view of the Iranian frigate Alvand (F 71) burning after being attacked by aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 11 from Enterprise. Alvand was hit by three Harpoon missiles and cluster munitions. (U.S. Navy Photo, 880418-N-ZZ999-005)

An aerial view of the Iranian frigate Alvand (F 71) burning

Rear Admiral Anthony Less, Commander, Joint Task Force Middle East during Operation Praying Mantis. (NHHC L File)

Photo of Rear Admiral Anthony Less

The damaged hull of Samuel B. Roberts, in dry dock for temporary repairs, 3 May 1988. (U.S. Navy Photo by PH2 Rudy D. Pahoyo, DN-SN-93-01455, NHHC L File)

U.S. Navy Photo by PH2 Rudy D. Pahoyo, DN-SN-93-01455, NHHC L File

Samuel B. Roberts crew musters as the ship prepares for mooring in Newport, R.I., August 1988. (NHHC L File)

Photo of Samuel B. Roberts crew musters as the ship prepares for mooring.
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