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First News Release By The Defense Department
This is the official letter entered into my military service record
In accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, and as discussed earlier today with you and the Secretary-General, I wish, on behalf of my Government, to report that United States forces have exercised their inherent right of self-defense under international law by taking defensive action in response to hostile actions constituting an armed attack by the military forces of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya against United States forces lawfully operating above international waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
The incident took place at 5:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (1000 GMT) on January 4, 1989, more than 40 miles off the coast of Libya, northeast of Darnah between Benghazi and the Libyan-Egyptian border United States aircraft were participating in a routine peaceful naval training operation over international waters in the Mediterranean Sea when two Libyan aircraft without provocation approached them in a hostile manner After repeatedly attempting to disengage by taking evasive measures, the American aircraft, acting in self-defense, fired upon and shot down the two Libyan aircraft.
Later that morning the southernmost Combat Air Patrol station was taken by two F-14s from VF-32, (CDR. Joseph Bernard Connelly/CDR. Leo F. Enwright in BuNo 159610, 'AC207') and (LT. Bobby L. Greer Jr./LCDR. Steven Patrick Collins in BuNo 159437, 'AC202'). I was the junior officer on this mission.
The video below is an animation to give you a clearer perspective of what it looked like that day and to fill in the gaps of me not turning on my FLIR camera until around four minutes into the engagement.