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USS VINCENNES

USS VINCENNES

Melbourne
1980's

infamous for shooting down a slow moving climbing airliner after confusing it for a diving attacking jet.

Strangely her Captain was given a commendation on return to the USA for a successful tour.

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You've been busy Torrens, Thanks for sharing some great photo's over the different galleries.
Don't often see these ships with missiles on the launchers.

As for shooting down an airliner, he probably got the commendation for hitting it, anything in fact.
 

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I wonder as a result of that incident if the US think more closely about where this ship pays port visits or indeed if she has been back to the Gulf region since owing to her having such a sensitive history.
 

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Vincennes is no longer in service, was mothballed a long time ago and is now moored alongside a retired aircraft carrier in north west America.
 

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