A remembrance ceremony to honor Sailors who were killed aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Stark (FFG 31) 31 years ago was held at Naval Station Mayport last week.

On May 17, 1987, while on patrol in the Arabian Gulf, 37 Sailors died when two Iraqi missiles struck USS Stark. Despite the severe damage inflicted, the heroic efforts of Stark’s crew saved the ship. ¬†Stark was decommissioned at Mayport in 1999.

Each year, Sailors from the 1987 crew of Stark and family members attend the service which will feature accounts of some of the events that occurred following the attack, both aboard the ship and here at Naval Station Mayport.

Naval Station Mayport’s memorial park was established Aug. 1, 1987 with the dedication of the USS Stark monument.