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  Operation Earnest Will - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Operation Earnest Will (24 July 1987-26 September 1988) was the U.S. military protection of Kuwaiti oil tankers from Iraqi and Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988 during the Tanker War phase of the Iran-Iraq War.
The U.S. Navy warships that escorted the tankers were the most visible part of the operation, but U.S. Air Force AWACS radar planes provided surveillance and Army special operations helicopters hunted for possible attackers.
Dubbed Operation Praying Mantis, it was the biggest engagement of surface warships since World War II.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Operation_Earnest_Will   (397 words)

 Operation Prime Chance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Operation Prime Chance (August 1987-June 1989) was a United States Special Operations Command operation intended to protect U.S.-flagged oil tankers from Iranian attack during the Iran-Iraq War.
The operation took place roughly at the same time as Operation Earnest Will (July 1987-December 1988), the largely Navy effort to escort the tankers through the Persian Gulf.
The two operations were intertwined — U.S. Army helicopters flew nighttime search-and-destroy missions from Navy frigates and destroyers and from two leased barges in the northern Gulf.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Operation_Prime_Chance   (865 words)

 Special Operations.Com
Operation EARNEST WILL was planned by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) under General George B. Crist.
As EARNEST WILL continued, SOF were rotated on a regular basis; eventually, some personnel rotated back to the Persian Gulf for second or even third tours.
The most important lessons to come out of Operation EARNEST WILL were the need to have highly trained Special Operations Forces capable of responding rapidly to crises anywhere around the globe and the vital need for interoperability between conventional and special operations forces.
www.specialoperations.com /Operations/Prime_Chance/Operation_Profile.htm   (1304 words)

 US NAVY SEALs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Active in Earnest Will from 1987 until 1989, the SEALs were part of a policing force that was to prevent the Iranians from seeding mines in a maritime seaway used by many of the world's oil tankers.
Earnest Will operations were staged out of two rented Barges and involved both US Army helicopters (from TF-118 and 160) and the Navy SBU units as well as the SEALs.
Operating by themselves or jointly with other US or allied forces as part of the Coalition Joint Special Operations Task Force, SEALs were deployed to the mideast, operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
www.specwarnet.com /americas/SEALs.htm   (3556 words)

 Operation Earnest Will
In March 1984, Iraq initiated sustained naval operations in its self-declared 1,126-kilometer maritime exclusion zone, extending from the mouth of the Shatt al Arab to Iran's port of Bushehr.
In early 1988, the Gulf was a crowded theater of operations.
It was during these operations that USS Vincennes (CG 49) shot down an Iranian commercial Airbus A300B2-202 airliner [Iran Air Flight 655] on 03 July 1988 after mistaking it for an Iranian F-14.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/ops/earnest_will.htm   (1118 words)

 Tuition & Fees   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Tuition fees will be waived for any honorably discharged veteran who served with the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard during the Vietnam conflict, the invasion of Grenada, the peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, Operation Earnest Will (escort of Kuwaiti oil tankers), Panama Invasion, or Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Tuition fees will be waived for any member of the Connecticut Army or Air National Guard, provided he or she is a resident of Connecticut and can be certified by the Adjutant General as a member in good standing of the Guard.
Tuition fess will be waived for any dependent person of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States declared to be missing in action or declared to have been a prisoner of war.
www.ncc.commnet.edu /tuition.asp   (631 words)

 Operation "Earnest Will"
During the 1987-88 Operation "Earnest Will" (the escort of the reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers), SIX active and reserve MSO's deployed to the Persian Gulf.
We were being towed to the Persian Gulf to participate in Operation Earnest Will.
Fixed-wing surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, specially equipped special operations helicopters such as the O/AH-6 from the U.S. Army's Special Operations Command, and small, swift boats operating from two large barges moored in the Persian Gulf conducted constant and often clandestine patrols in an effort to thwart the Iranians.
www.geocities.com /d41lewis/operationernestwill.html   (2971 words)

 History for Tanker War/Operation "Earnest Will"
"Operation Earnest Will", was the United States/ Kuwaiti Tanker Escort Mission, conducted in the Persian Gulf in 1987-1988, is one example of Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW).
It was a joint military operation in support of U.S. vital interests that provides a model for the study of MOOTW.
This is a study on how the operational commander of Operation Earnest Will used the six principles of MOOTW and accomplished U.S. national security objectives.
www.military.com /HomePage/UnitPageHistory/1,13506,723206|773171,00.html   (97 words)

 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
This medal is authorized for U.S. military operations, U.S. operations in direct support of the United Nations, and U.S. operations of assistance for friendly foreign nations.
Operation, area of operations, and direct support are defined in the glossary.
The area of operations is the area from 20 degrees north latitude northward to 30 degrees, 30 minutes, north latitude and from 46 degrees, 36 minutes, east longitude eastward to 63 degrees east longitude.
www.americal.org /awards/afem.htm   (615 words)

 The Joint Task Force
Objectives: The student will be able to identify, plan for the use of, and operate in an intelligence capacity of a Joint Task Force.
Procedure: I will present information on how JTFs are formed, the command and control structure, the composition of their components, type of missions undertaken, and prepare for the next period of instruction on the functions of the JTF Joint Intelligence Center (JIC).
Operation SEA ANGEL in Bangladesh in 1991; Operation PROVIDE COMFORT in northern Iraq in 1991, and nation rebuilding such as Task Force Freedom in Kuwait in 1991; and various permissive NEOS.
www.fas.org /irp/doddir/army/ioac/jtf1.htm   (1249 words)

 Executive Summary
While some problems were encountered-particularly in command and control, communications, interoperability, and matters of joint doctrine--the significant progress made in joint operations over the past several years was reflected in success on the battlefield.
Amphibious operations focused enemy attention on the threat from seaward and tied down at least seven Iraqi divisions, even after the coalition ground campaign was under way.
Operation EARNEST WILL (during the Iran-Iraq war) and DESERT STORM both highlighted the need for a robust, deployable U. Navy MCM capability.
www.history.navy.mil /wars/dstorm/dsexec.htm   (2320 words)

 US forces involvement in military expeditions, campaigns and operations (by Bashir A. Syed) - Media Monitors Network
Bosnia (operation Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard, and Joint Forge): 11/20/95 to 12/20/96; 12/20/96 to present; 6/21/98 to present.
Operations in the Libyan Area (Operation Eldorado Canyon): 4/12 to 17/86.
The pattern of adventurism suggests that after invading Iraq, the U.S. will go after Iran and Pakistan in that order to have total control over Middle East and OIL in that region (including Central Asian Republics).
www.mediamonitors.net /bashirasyed1.html   (330 words)

 Navy League of the United States - Citizens in Support of the Sea Services
By DAVID F. During the Spring of 1988, the U.S. Navy was engaged in Operation Earnest Will, which had as an objective to maintain freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf as Iraq and Iran continued to fight a seemingly endless war.
Crowe hoped that the notorious Iranian patrol frigate Sabalan, a warship that had mercilessly attacked many merchant ships and massacred numerous unarmed sailors, would be drawn into the fray.
Sources: David Crist, Operation Earnest Will: The United States in the Persian Gulf, 1986-1989 (Ph.D. Diss.
www.navyleague.org /sea_power/sep_03_45.php   (780 words)

Operating in Sitkin Sound, a “bounded sea haven” approximately 10 by 15 NM, surrounded on three sides by mountainous terrain varying in height from 2,000–5,000 feet presented tremendous navigating and flying problems for both the ship and her embarked air wing.
Enterprise conducted her second Earnest Will support mission from the Gulf of Oman, including CAP, SUCAP and ASW, on 26 March 1988; and was shadowed by an Iranian P-3F.
Additionally, while conducting Earnest Will convoy operations, the ship’s “EW Module” was the primary means of identifying both Iranian reconnaissance planes, and the many commercial aircraft continually transiting the skies in the area.
www.history.navy.mil /danfs/e4/enterprise-viiif.htm   (9389 words)

 Ship's History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A full schedule of Pacific operations was cut short by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on 2 August.
She conducted joint operations with the Japanese, Singapore and Brunei Navies, and visited ten cities in eight countries.
All ANTIETAM crewmembers are proud of the fact that ANTIETAM was on station when needed by her nation, and that the ship and crew expertly executed a key role in the war on terrorism.
www.cg54.navy.mil /about_us.htm   (1585 words)

 Veterans' Tuition Waiver
A veteran who served in the U. Marines from 1984-1987 qualifies for the waiver only if he served the required minimum 90 days in a combat or combat-support role in Operation Earnest Will, which lasted from February 1, 1987 to July 23, 1987.
Table 1 shows the post-1940 wars and operations that qualify as wartime service for purposes of war service benefits under state law and the conditions under which the veteran must serve.
In most cases, eligibility is conditioned on the veteran having served in a combat or combat-support role in the country where the war took place.
www.cga.ct.gov /2004/rpt/2004-R-0425.htm   (892 words)

 The Joint Task Force - May 2003
Operation JUST CAUSE was probably the most meticulously planned and well-rehearsed JTF campaign in US history; still Donnelly describes problems with timing, rules of engagement, public affairs, post-conflict resolution, and integration of joint forces.
An examination of joint operations in the Dominican Republic in 1965 and in Grenada in 1983.
Lewis identifies national policies that the JTF "appears to support," discusses military operations that the JTF "should be prepared to undertake," examines the associated risks of these operations, and finally recommends that the JTF be established as a permanent, regional force.
www.jfsc.ndu.edu /library/publications/bibliography/joint_task_force.asp   (5752 words)

 The History of the boats in the Persian Gulf
The last EARNEST WILL convoy was run in December 1988.
Joint operations continued from Hercules until June of 1989, when the units were returned to their home bases.
As we Operated in the Northern Persian Gulf The Iranians used Farsi Island and and Karge Island and Bushere as their boat bases as well as Iranian controlled Oil Platforms as launching points for attacks.
www.warboats.org /persiangulf.htm   (1226 words)

 Operations Earnest Will and Prime Chance
In March 1987, the U.S. government agreed to this transfer, and in July 1987 initiated Operation EARNEST WILL to provide a naval escort to tankers passing through those dangerous waters.
The president of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company, encouraged by the Kuwaiti oil minister, agreed to lease the barges, and on 5 September 1987, contracts were issued to modify the barges and provide them for special operations use along the convoy route in the vicinity of Farsi Island.
At first the target appeared to be friendly patrol boats known to be operating in the area, but the image in the FLIR box revealed a Revolutionary Guard Corps Boghammar and two Boston whaler boats.
www.nightstalkers.com /history/4.html   (2264 words)

 HMH 769 History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Although this mission ended in a failure it was one of the most daring missions of its kind ever attempted and was a pioneering step in the use of night-vision devices for long-range covert missions.
In 1986, RH-53Ds were put aboard the USS Guadalcanal to clear the mines from the Persian Gulf in operation "Earnest Will" during the "tanker war".
Later that same year, HMH-769 was activated for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Marine Ground and Air Combat Operations during the liberation of Kuwait.
www.marforres.usmc.mil /4thMAW/MAG46/DetB/HMH769/history.htm   (501 words)

 Town of Glocester, RI: Tax Assessor
If you move to a different municipality within the State, you will be billed by the municipality you resided in on December 31.
If you move out of State you will be billed by your former municipality until the registration(s) is(are) canceled and plates returned to the Registry.
When a registration is canceled, the taxes for that registration will stop as of the date of cancellation.
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 Custom Wooden Plaques of US Navy Ships. The Anchor Store; preserving memories of Navy ships and sailors.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
On Oct. 29, 1988 Nimitz began operating in the North Arabian Sea where it participated in Operation "Earnest Will." This operation called for U.S. Navy ships to protect shipping lanes and escort U.S. registered (re-flagged) Kuwaiti tankers.
On May 26, 1998, Nimitz began a mid-life refueling overhaul that will enable her to provide her nation with a second quarter century of service.
As the lead ship of the world's most powerful and capable class of warships, Nimitz will long be remembered as our nation's finest instrument of peace, power projection and platform for diplomacy.
www.theanchorstore.com /Carriers/nimitz.htm   (1409 words)

 NavyCompass.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The San Diego-based cruiser will lower its flag for the last time during a ceremony, which will be attended by many former Valley Forge Sailors from the current Valley Forge, and the previous USS Valley Forge (CV 45) and (LPH 8).
Their flawless performance during major combat operations in both Operation Desert Storm and OIF was a tribute to the ship’s valiant history,” said Valley Forge’s Command Master Chief David Calloway.
Valley Forge will be decommissioned Aug. 30, at a ceremony that will begin at 6:45 p.m.
www.navycompass.com /news/newsview.asp?c=120304   (597 words)

 And Just How Many Countries Have We Attacked?, by James Glaser
There were no countries that surprised me, however the thing that really caught my eye were the names assigned to some of these operations.
Operation Urgent Fury, when we took on that powder keg in Grenada.
While in Vietnam I went on several operations like "Dewey Canyon 2" and the Vietnam war had hundreds if not thousands of operations, but these eligibility operations are from different countries in different years.
www.antiwar.com /orig/glaser2.html   (531 words)

 Nimitz (CVN-68) Strike Group
After conducting operations in the Indian Ocean and the Andaman Sea throughout the rest of September into October the Nimitz made one final port call at Singapore on October 08, 2003, departing that port on or about October 13.
One of the most complex tasks to be performed during Nimitz’s PIA will be modifying the ship’s 10 air conditioning plants to use environmentally friendly refrigerant.
On 19 December 1944, he was advanced to the newly created rank of Fleet Admiral, and on 2 September 1945, was the United States signatory to the surrender terms aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/agency/navy/batgru-68.htm   (3906 words)

 UNITED STATES NAVY IN DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In ~980, the Carter Doctrine declared WILL in July 1987.
Events in the Middle East three tankers hit mines and minesweeping convinced President Carter that the United operations by Navy helicopters began.
On 7 March ecuted the American response - Operation 1987, the United States offered to reflag 11 PRAYING MAN~S. During a two-day pe- K~waiti tankers and provide U.S. Navy pro- riod, the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air tection.
www.gulflink.osd.mil /histories/db/navy/usnavy_018.html   (401 words)

 The Squadbay: News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
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In 1988 while participating in Operation Earnest Will aboard the USS Trenton, the USS Samuel Roberts hit a mine laid by Iranian forces damaging the ship.
During this operation L/Cpl. Galli was inserted via Fast Rope onto a GOPLAT in order to deny the Iranian forces the use of this facility as a base of operation for their nightly mine laying activities.
www.thesquadbay.com /news.php?item.102   (1372 words)

 Commanding Officer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Following completion of training in July 1989 he reported to Fighter Squadron Fifty One (VF-51) where he embarked in USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) to the Western Pacific/Indian Ocean, in support of Operation Earnest Will in the North Arabian Gulf.
In August 1996 he was selected to attend the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) Strike Fighter Weapons and Tactics course and reported to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) as an instructor.
CDR Wilke returned to the fleet in Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) the "Jolly Rogers" from April 1998 to June 2000 where he served as the Operations Officer.
www.lemoore.navy.mil /vfa-154/cobio.htm   (407 words)

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