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The escort operation was the beginning of deeper American military involvement in the Persian Gulf.

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From the start, Iran engaged in provocative actions towards the operation. A separate incident earlier in the summer had almost resulted in Fs firing at approaching Iranian fighters. It seemed only a matter of time before a major clash erupted.

Matters nearly came to a head on Aug. That morning, a convoy of three tankers was to transit the Strait of Hormuz en route to Kuwait.

They were escorted by the destroyer Kidd and the frigates Jarrett and Crommelin. The Aegis-equipped cruiser Valley Forge , normally tasked with guarding Connie in the Gulf of Oman, would also participate in the escort during the Strait transit. Monitoring the convoy up above was a specially-equipped Lockheed P-3C Orion. In addition to visual and electronic monitoring of Iranian military activity, the Reef Point aircraft were now also searching for any indications of Silkworm missiles launches.

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Based on their air base of origin, speed and altitude, the contacts were apparently F-4s. They appeared to be heading straight for a southbound P-3 that had its back to the Iranian fighters. Numerous radio challenges from Valley Forge went unheeded. The two Fs were of the A-variant and operated by Fighter Squadron The flight lead was Lt. Robert Clement and his wingman was Lt. The F-4s were low on the deck at feet, though they increased altitude to 2, feet at 28 miles.

Given his better radar return, Ferran was handed flight lead by his more senior wingman. Meanwhile, the two sides were closing fast, with the rules of engagement dictating the U. Ferran recalled the tension mounting inside the cockpit of his F in the book Wings of Fury.

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What do you want us to do? But the missile malfunctioned off the rail and free-fell into the water below. Clement fired a Sparrow immediately after, followed up by another missile from Ferran.

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