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ID number P04103.354
Collection Photograph
Object type Colour - Film original negative 35mm
Photographer Parker, David Dare
Place made Iraq: Um Qasr
Date made 22 April 2003
Credit line Acquired through Australian War Memorial official commission 2003


A member of a boarding party from HMAS Kanimbla climbs from the ship into a Ridged Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). The RHIBs were used by the boarding parties to conduct patrols in the Khawr Abd Allah (KAA) waterway. During Operation Falconer, HMAS Kanimbla supplied command and control support to the coalition boarding parties clearing the KAA waterway. HMAS Kanimbla also provided valuable support to the Australian Clearance Diving Team 3 (AUSCDT3) through the provision of logistics support and work platform facilities. HMAS Kanimbla 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.