As Star of the West approached Fort Sumter on the morning of 9 January it was met with cannon shots from cadet George E. Haynsworth on nearby Morris Island.

Other states soon followed South Carolina’s lead, setting the stage for the American Civil War.

During the operation, two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and 19 Americans lost their lives, while at least 200 Somali militiamen were killed as well as hundreds of civilians.