4月16日，在确定该矿位于伊朗之后，美国海军决定进行报复，代号为“祈祷”。 1988年4月18日凌晨，美国军方派出6艘大中型水面舰艇，分为两个战斗小组，直接前往伊朗的“ Sili”和“ Sasang”石油钻机。尽管这两个石油钻机具有一般的石油产量，但是它们占据独特的地理位置，靠近波斯湾的主要航道，并且可以充当指挥伊朗军舰的临时海上指挥中心，因此美军首先派遣了武装直升机到平台。罢工发生在两个平台消失在烟雾中后不久。
Iranian Navy dispatched a large number of "Merlin" class patrol boats to attack the oil tankers of the United States and Britain on the sea in an attempt to divert the attention of the United States Navy. Who had expected that the A-6E "Invader" attack aircraft on the Enterprise would soon arrive and drop a large number of cluster bombs, and the remaining speedboats fled back to Iran. The frustrated Iranian Navy sent another missile speedboat, the "Jochan", a large-scale missile boat built by France with world-class level. Ironically, the main weapon loaded on the boat is an American "Harpoon" anti-ship missile. Unexpectedly, 15 people were killed and 29 crew members jumped into the sea when the USS Jochan, which was directly attacked by several RIM-66 standard missiles.
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The Iranian navy had to dispatch the most modern warship, the Sahand. Unfortunately, shortly after leaving the Iranian port of Abbas, the ship was found by two A-6E attack planes. Although the Sahand launched many anti-aircraft missiles, it failed to hit the target, instead, it was two A-6E attack planes and the U.S. Army's "covenant". Several Harpoon anti-ship missiles and AMG-123 Captain laser-guided bombs launched by the destroyer Cerf sank it directly. The sister ship Sabaland escaped the disaster only under the "high hand" of the U.S. Army.
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It can only be said that the U.S. Navy was too strong at that time. If the Pentagon hadn't demanded that the war should not be expanded, it was estimated that the U.S. fleet at that time could wipe out all Iranian surface vessels!