Tuesday, June 08, 2010


On This Day: Israel attacks USS Liberty

From the web site of Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the US House of Representatives (click on the image to enlarge):
06/08/09 June 8, 1967 - Israel attacks USS Liberty During the Six-Day War, Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats attack the USS Liberty in international waters off Egypt's Gaza Strip. The intelligence ship, well-marked as an American vessel and only lightly armed, was attacked first by Israeli aircraft that fired napalm and rockets at the ship. The Liberty attempted to radio for assistance, but the Israeli aircraft blocked the transmissions. Eventually, the ship was able to make contact with the U.S. carrier Saratoga, and 12 fighter jets and four tanker planes were dispatched to defend the Liberty. When word of their deployment reached Washington, however, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara ordered them recalled to the carrier, and they never reached the Liberty. The reason for the recall remains unclear.
Page last accessed on 22 May 2010.

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