Remember that hazy Sunday morning, July 3rd of 1988?
That, too, was a day when a ship said to be a Liberian tanker, the Stoval, was reported under attack by Iranian gunboats.
That was the U.S. Navy’s account.
But the Stoval has never been found, exists in no registry.
That was a day when the USS Montgomery and the USS Vincennes were said to be responding to distress calls from a Pakistani merchant ship being harassed by Iranian gunboats.
Only the captain tells us there was no harassment that day.
Nor did he issue any distress signal.
The official logs of the USS Montgomery are classified.
Not in general, mind you.
Just for that day.
We do not know if she was engaged in luring Iranian gunboats into the kind of ambush that was very much a part of Special Operations in those days.
We do know that both ships, the Montgomery and the Vincennes, were in Iranian waters when the fight began on the water, and when the Iranian Airbus flew overhead. read more