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Plaque unveiled at the site where the Australian Navy left for the Gulf War in 1990.
Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990 and after diplomatic and economic sanctions failed the United Nations (UN) sanctioned a multinational military force to expel the aggressor. Australia, through the Australian Defence Force (ADF), was a member of this coalition and provided naval support. During the five months of operations the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) patrolled the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. The navy enforced trade sanctions and when offensive operations started on 17 January 1991, it formed an integral part of the multinational naval battle group. ADF medical teams also served on a coalition hospital ship though fortunately there were no Australian casualties. After the cease-fire on 28 February 1991 Australian naval divers assisted in the clearing of unexploded ordnance.
|Address:||Maritime Headquarters, Garden Island Naval Base, Garden Island, 2011|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: 33.862185|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.