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USS Missouri under Attack by Iraqi Silkworm

A battleship at night with missiles streaking through the sky
Description: Painting, Oil on Canvas Board; by John Charles Roach; 1991; Framed Dimensions 28H X 34W
Accession #: 92-007-U
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While providing gunfire support to harass the Iraqi troops in Kuwait in preparation for a possible amphibious landing, USS Missouri (BB-63) was fired upon by an Iraqi silkworm anti-ship missile.  By the use of infrared flares and chaff, the missile's guidance was confused.  It crossed close astern of the Missouri and was engaged and shot down by HMS Gloucester (D-96).

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