1980 Middle East                  

USS Mullinnix - Actual Date Unknown

Commander William F. Foster, Jr, Commodore of USS Constitution served on the Mullinnix as Anti-Submarine officer in the early 80s.

On 26 March, the USS Forrest Sherman and MULLINNIX (DD-944) left for the Middle East and duty patrolling the Arabian Gulf, the Indian Ocean, and the coast of North Africa. Ports of call included Roosevelt Roads, Rota Spain, Port Siad Egypt, Djibouti, Sitra, Bahrain, Crete, Naples Italy, and Goleta Italy. She returned to Charleston, SC sometime in August.

Mullinnix' role in the Iranian situation is still being researched.

President Carter applied economic pressure by halting oil imports from Iran and freezing Iranian assets in the United States. At the same time, he began several diplomatic initiatives to free the hostages, all of which proved fruitless. On Apr. 24, 1980, the United States attempted a rescue mission that failed. After three of eight helicopters were damaged in a sandstorm, the operation was aborted; eight persons were killed during the evacuation. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, who had opposed the action, resigned after the missionís failure.

Stars & Stripes, 31 May 1980
Iranian Plane Buzzes Mullinnix

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