The quiet evening of January 17, 1991 turned into hell when US and allied forces began raining down Tomahawk missiles on Iraqi targets, the first coming from the destroyer USS Paul F. Foster and a volley of more than 100 all through the night. .
At 550 mph, the missiles found their first target just after 1:41 a.m. Baghdad time. It was the launch of the Persian Gulf War ranging from Operation Desert Shield to Desert Storm. During the night, the USS Foster launched nine of these Tomahawks as part of their mission.