Tomahawk Cruise Missile Launches From The USS Shiloh.
Sept. 3, 1996, A Tomahawk cruise missile launches from the stern vertical launch system of the USS Shiloh (CG67) to attack selected air defense targets south of the 33rd parallel in Iraq , as part of Operation Desert Strike. The attacks are designed to reduce risks to the pilots who will enforce the expanded no-fly zone.
President Clinton announced an expanded no-fly zone in response to an Iraqi attack against a Kurdish faction. The larger no-fly zone in Southern Iraq will make it easier for U.S. and coalition partners to contain Saddam Hussein's aggression. The U.S. Navy Ticonderoga Class cruiser launched the missiles as it operated in the Persian Gulf.
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