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MAYPORT, Fla. (May 17, 2012) A plaque bears the names of the 37 Sailors killed during a missile strike on the guided-missile frigate USS Stark (FFG 31) is displayed at Mayport Memorial Park. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Damian Berg/Released)
MAYPORT, Fla. (May 17, 2012) A plaque bears the names of the 37 Sailors killed during a missile strike on the guided-missile frigate USS Stark (FFG 31) is displayed at Mayport Memorial Park. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Damian Berg/Released)

USS Stark (FFG 31) Memorial Service

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the memorial service to honor 37 Sailors killed aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Stark (FFG 31) 30 years ago today.

On May 17, 1987, while on patrol in the Arabian Gulf, tragedy struck in the night when, without warning, two Iraqi missiles slammed into the side of Stark. Despite the severe damage inflicted, Stark’s crew, aided by equipment and fire fighting teams from other units, saved the ship by fighting the fire through the night and into the next day.

 Live video from Naval Station Mayport, Florida, is scheduled  to begin 10 a.m. EDT May 17.

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