Life vest : Iraqi minelayer 'Jumariya'

Accession Number REL31435
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Chrome-plated Metal, Cotton webbing, Nylon, Plastic
Location Main Bld: Peacekeeping & Recent Conflicts Gallery
Maker Nihon Kyumei Kigu Co Ltd
Place made Japan
Date made 1986
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Orange nylon flotation vest taken from the Iraqi minelayer 'Jumariya'. The vest has seams reinforced with white cotton tape, and a black nylon zip front closure. It is filled with layers of white expanded foam. There are white cotton webbing straps at the bottom of the vest, and a horizontal strip of the same material across the small of the back, the ends clipping together at the front. A white cotton tape drawstring is fitted at the hips. Strips of a reflective plastic material are sewn on either side of the collar and across the shoulders. A small vertical pocket is sewn to the lower left hand front of the vest. Inside the rear panel are a stamped manufacturer's panel giving details, and a number of handwritten pen inscriptions in Arabic.

History / Summary

Life vest taken from the Iraqi minelaying tug 'Jumariya' (also known as 'Jamahoria'). This tug was intercepted by a boarding party from HMAS Kanimbla, and was found to be towing a barge loaded with 20 Manta and 48 LUGM sea mines.