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ID number P04103.133
Collection Photograph
Object type Colour - Film original negative 35mm
Photographer Parker, David Dare
Place made Khawr Abd Allah
Date made 21 April 2003
Credit line Acquired through Australian War Memorial official commission 2003


Petty Officer Tim Noble, takes in the view from the S-70B-2 Sea Hawk helicopter as it flies over the oil rigs in the Khawr Abd Allah (KAA) waterway. The Sea Hawk helicopter is embarked on HMAS Anzac to enhance the ships anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities. During Operation Falconer, HMAS Anzac was tasked to monitor, query and board merchant vessels suspected of violating United Nations resolutions and to escort military and civilian vessels through the KAA waterway. HMAS Anzac also provided fire power support to ground troops in the area. HMAS Anzac operated in the Middle East as part of the Australian Defence Force's commitment to the coalition forces assembled to enforce Iraq's compliance with its international obligations to disarm.