ABC Evening News for Monday, May 18, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Death toll so far from Iraqi missile attack on USS Stark in Persian Gulf reported
(Bahrain: David Ensor) Apparent circumstance of attack reviewed; details given, scenes, photos shown. Survivors said currently hospitalized here.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) No. attacks on ships in Persian Gulf since 1984 noted.
(DC: Bob Zelnick) Events leading to attack on Stark, captained by Glenn Brindel, examined; details outlined, illustrated on map. [Lieutenant General Richard BURPEE - ests. distance from which missile was launched.] Stark's arsenal reviewed. [Vice Admiral Henry MUSTIN - considers possible factors underlying Brendell's failure to respond to incoming missile.] [BURPEE - describes known damage to ship.] [Voice of sister SHIP and STARK - discuss damage.] [Former Navy Secretary John LEHMAN - notes risks entailed in keeping US ships in battle zone.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Exocet missile, a French product introduction in 1982 Falklands war between Britain and Argentina, discussed; details outlined on screen.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan's reaction examined; White House photos shown. New orders to United States ships in Persian Gulf listed on screen, discussed. [REAGAN - cites his concern and anger, protest to Iraq.] White House said expecting apology from Iraq and compensation for victims and ship. [Iraqi ambassador Nizar HAMDOON - expresses condolences to victims' families; regrets incident.] [Representatives Lawrence SMITH, Robert TORRICELLI - criticize presence of US ships in region.] Reagan's commitment to keeping Persian Gulf shipping lanes open noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Upcoming items announced. Item recapped at end of broadcast