The Liberty Incident
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Significant events relating to the USS
Incidentpresented in chronological sequence
The Time Line lists in chronological order the significant events that occurred from January 1967through 1995. Normally there is a seven-hour difference in time zones between Washington, D.C.and the Bravo (B) time zone where Israel, the Sinai, and Egypt are located, which is referred to asSinai Time, and where the USS
incident took place on June 8, 1967. However on June 8,1967 Washington D.C. was on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Israel was on Standard Time and Egyptwas on Daylight Time. Thus it's important to remember that there was a six-hour time differentialbetween Washington D.C. local time and Sinai Time on June 8, 1967.The first Time column is in local standard time (Bravo or B) off the coast of the Sinai. The secondcolumn is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT, i.e. Zulu or Z.) (All U.S. messages use date/time groups[DTG] in Z or GMT format.) The third column is Eastern Daylight Time which is six hours earlierthan local standard Sinai Time and four hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time. The day numberwill be displayed above the three displayed Times as the day changes in each of the locations.In some instances a reference source is not exact, so it may be stated as in "in the morning" or "inthe afternoon" or “during the day.” In some cases a time has been estimated and indicated by thewords “approximate.” There are some instances where reports of a time may vary slightly but thereare no instances where the variations are important, but where possible, they are noted.When a time is in the narration and it’s in
type it represents Sinai time (or GMT +2.)
Area: Bravo (B) time zone. The eastern Mediterranean (off the Sinai) is Greenwich Mean Time(GMT, or Z) plus 2 hours.
: Greenwich Mean Time. Z or Zulu time zone.
: Washington, D.C. Washington time is Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and is Greenwich MeanTime (GMT, or Z) minus 4 hours.
1967January -- April
Terrorist intrusions into northern Israel from Syria across the armistice line increase. Retaliationand counter-retaliation escalates from fire fights to tank and artillery duels. [Eban,
;UN Office of Public Information,
Yearbook of the United Nations 1967
Israel and Syria engage in an aerial confrontation; six Syrian MiG-21 aircraft are downed.[Parker,
The Six-Day War: A Retrospective
, p. xvii.]
(AGTR-5) departs Norfolk, VA for a scheduled four-month “technical researchoperations” deployment to the west African region. [Naval Historical Center file - USS
1967 Command History Report.]