USS Stark (FFG-31)

Stark in the Pacific during her sea trials. Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. photo, in the collection of the US National Archives.

Nation
Ship Type
Laid Down
1979
Launched
1980
Commissioned
1982
Decommissioned
1999
AD/BC
AD
History

USS Stark (FFG-31) was the 23rd Oliver Perry-class frigate. Commissioned in 1982, Stark was deployed to the Middle East in 1984, and again during 1987. She is most well known for absorbing two Iraqi-fired Exocet missiles 17 May, 1987, during this second deployment. Stark's systems failed to engage the attacking Iraqi aircraft or missiles, resulting in thirty-seven crew killed, and another twenty-one wounded. Stark's crew managed to keep their ship afloat, and limped into Bahrain. After temporary repairs, Stark made it home to the US under her own power. She was repaired, and back in the Middle East in 1991, and alternated between there and the Atlantic until 7 May, 1999, when she was decommissioned. Stark was sold in 2005, and scrapping was completed by 21 June, 2006.