Naval Station Mayport sailors gather Friday for a ceremony of remembrance to honor the sailors killed aboard the USS Stark 26 years ago.
On May 17, 1987, the USS Stark was on patrol in the Arabian Gulf.
Two Iraqi missiles struck the frigate, killing 37 sailors.
Despite the severe damage inflicted, the heroic efforts of the Stark's crew saved the ship.
Friday's ceremony featured firsthand accounts of some of the events that occurred following the attack, both aboard ship and at Naval Station Mayport.
Capt. Douglas F. Cochrane spoke at the ceremony.
Sailors laid wreaths in remembrance of those lost.
There was also a 21-gun salute.
The bells were tolled for the fallen sailors.
And "Taps" was played in their honor.
Stark was decommissioned at Mayport in 1999.
Naval Station Mayport's memorial park was established Aug. 1, 1987, with the dedication of the USS Stark monument.
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