Shippee, Robert Lawrence, FCCS

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Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
FC-1102-MK 92 Fire Control System Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fire Controlman
Primary Unit
1985-1987, FC-1102, USS Stark (FFG-31)
Service Years
1971 - 1987
FC-Fire Controlman
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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Adams Center
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 17, 1987
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Persian Gulf
USS Stark Incident (Iraq)
Location of Interment
Union Cemetery - Adams Center, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
USS Stark FallenUnited States Navy Memorial
  2014, USS Stark Fallen [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

 Duty Stations
USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13)Commander, Service Forces, Atlantic Fleet (COMSERVLANT)/Mobile Technical Unit 12 (MOTU-12)USS Stark (FFG-31)
  1980-1982, USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13)
  1982-1985, FC-1102, Commander, Service Forces, Atlantic Fleet (COMSERVLANT)/Mobile Technical Unit 12 (MOTU-12)
  1985-1987, FC-1102, USS Stark (FFG-31)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1987-1987 USS Stark Incident (Iraq)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 28, 1971, Service entry date & Serial Number
  May 17, 2014, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Stark was deployed to the Middle East Force in 1987. The ship was struck on May 17, 1987, by two Exocet antiship missiles fired from an Iraqi Mirage F1 fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. The fighter had taken off from Shaibah at 20:00 and had flown south into the Persian Gulf. Shortly after being routinely challenged by the frigate around 22:10, the fighter fired two Exocet missiles. The frigate did not detect the missiles, and both struck without warning. The first penetrated the port-side hull; it failed to detonate, but spewed flaming rocket fuel in its path. The second entered at almost the same point, and left a 3-by-4-meter gash—then exploded in crew quarters. 37 sailors were killed and 21 injured.

This has been called the U.S. Navy's deadliest peacetime disaster before the gun turret explosion onboard the battleship Iowa.

Because the U.S. and Iraq were not at war at the time, the attack was likely not authorized. According to Iraqi officials, the pilot who attacked the Stark was not punished. 
Born in Jefferson County in New York's North Country, Shippee was a 16-year Navy veteran who came from a Navy family. His father, Richard, served in the Navy in World War II. His older brother belonged to the Naval Reserve. Shippee was survived by his wife, Carol, and three children, ages 8 to 12.
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