Military: Persian Gulf Strike

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Military: Persian Gulf Strike Gender: N/A
First U.S. Strike
born on 17 January 1991 at 02:13 (= 02:13 AM )
Place Al-kuwayt, Kuwait, 29n20, 47e59
Timezone BGT h3e (is standard time)
Data source
Timed historic source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 26°20' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 07°11 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 23°34'


American Operation Desert Storm, the first missile strike of Iraq from nine U.S. vessels in the Arabian Gulf. The first of the Tomahawk guided 18 ft. missiles, headed toward Iraq, was launched, followed at two minute intervals by the next.

(pp.31) The eighth and final shot ripped from the deck at 2:39 AM.

(pp.32) "The Apache pilot checked the computer clock - 0237:30 - as the first radio call of the mission came from one of the other Apaches, 'Party in ten.'" He counted down the seconds... and released his missile at Mach One, the attack on the radar sites at Nukayb, the Iraqi Air Defense Center. The four Apache helicopters hit the radar base with a volley of slender Hydra rockets, destroying every building and radar dish.

(pp.33) At 2:51 AM, thirteen minutes after the Apaches began their attack on the radar sites at Nukayb, the first bombs fell on Iraq.

(pp.37) Baghdad was struck by the first wave between 3:06 and 3:11 AM with eight missiles into the presidential palace. In the next 24 hours, 116 missiles were fired from nine ships in the Gulf.


Source Notes

LMR quotes Rick Atkinson, "The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War," Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston, New York, 1993, (pp.29) "The command was given to strike at 2:13 AM on the U.S.S. Wisconsin in the Persian Gulf."

The L&L is taken for Al-kuwayt, Kuwait, on the Gulf.


  • Mundane : Political : Battles (Invasions: U.S. attacks Iraq)