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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

HMAS Kanimbla helped clear the waters off the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr and helped seize three Iraqi vessels carrying mines in the early days of the conflict in Iraq.  
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Deployed to: Persian Gulf

Units: Sea transport ship HMAS Kanimbla left Sydney on January 23, 2003, carrying about 350 sailors and soldiers, a Sea King helicopter, Army landing craft, an Army air defense detachment and a specialist explosives ordnance team. A Navy clearance diver team capable of locating, rendering safe and disposing of mines left Sydney on February 14. On April 17, Australian Defense Minister Robert Hill said most of Australia's forces, including about 600 personnel on the HMAS Anzac and HMAS Darwin and the Navy diver team, would return home in May.

Duties: The Kanimbla joined frigates HMAS Anzac and Darwin in the Persian Gulf, where they are deployed as part of the multinational force enforcing the U.N. sanctions against Iraq.

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