The only times a US Navy challenge has erupted into a confrontation was in the 1980s when Libya under Moammar Qadhdhafi tried to chase away the US Navy after it challenged Libya's claim to own the entirety of the Gulf of Sidra
and in 1988 when a Soviet frigate "nudged" a US aircraft carrier in an effort to get the carrier to move out of waters claimed as territorial by the Soviet Union.
The story concludes by looking at what the Air Force harvested from this project--from the combat performance over the Gulf of Sidra
, to the war in the Balkans, to the skies over Iraq.
In August 1981, two American aircraft carriers, USS Forrestal (CV 59) and USS Nimitz (CV 68), patrolled the Gulf of Sidra
claimed in its entirety by Gadhafi.
Perhaps more effectively than any other man I have known, the President is able to give his full concentration to the issue at hand; then take a deep breath, clear his mind, and give the same concentration to the next matter he deals with--whether a crisis in the Gulf of Sidra
or a photograph with Marvelous Marvin.
Along the way he weaves in Qaddafi's attempt to incorporate the Gulf of Sidra
under Libyan control.
The "provocation' could be a Nicaraguan incursion into Honduras, a Soviet arms shipment or something along the lines of the Gulf of Sidra
maneuver used with such success against Quaddafi last spring.
ships in the Gulf of Sidra
, falsely claiming to uphold freedom of the seas, so that his planes can kill and destroy with relative impunity.