A "book-end" year—that is what 1998 was for the U.S. Navy. Chronic crisis in the Arabian Gulf flared as the year dawned, and the United States massed its largest naval force since the 1991 Gulf War to respond to repeated Iraqi violations of "no-fly" zone sanctions and actions impeding the work of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) charged with carrying out inspections of suspected Iraqi missile and weapons of mass destruction sites. That soon subsided, only to flash twice more before 1998 drew to a close.
The U.S. Navy in Review
By Scott C. Truver