The Gulf Punch, Counterpunch

The U.S. avenges a missile attack, and Iran replies with a Silkworm

"Rashadat, Rashadat. This is the U.S. Navy. We will commence firing on your position at 1400 hours. You have 20 minutes to evacuate the platform." The warning was broadcast from a convoy of four U.S. destroyers steaming 3 1/2 miles southeast of Iran's Rashadat oil-loading platforms in the Persian Gulf. The Iranians did not reply, but within minutes 20 to 30 men were seen scrambling off the facility, situated 75 miles off the Iranian coast, and into a small boat that sped north toward Lavan Island. The warships -- the U.S.S. Hoel, John Young, Leftwich and Kidd -- then poured 1,065...