Kōrero: Asian conflicts

New Zealand airman in Saudi Arabia, 1991

New Zealand airman in Saudi Arabia, 1991

A New Zealand airman guards a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) C-130 Hercules on a Saudi Arabian airfield in 1991. Iraq invaded neighbouring Kuwait in August 1990. A US-led United Nations force was assembled to liberate Kuwait. The New Zealand government committed two Hercules transport aircraft and two military medical teams to the coalition forces. The RNZAF planes, from the 40th Squadron, operated with an British Royal Air Force unit based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. By the end of February 1991 the Iraqis had been driven from Kuwait. Coalition casualties were light; the New Zealand medical units did not have to deal with any battle casualties. None of the New Zealand personnel were killed or wounded. The RNZAF Hercules and the medical teams were withdrawn from the Persian Gulf by the end of April 1991.

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Ian McGibbon, 'Asian conflicts - Later Asian wars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/34548/new-zealand-airman-in-saudi-arabia-1991 (accessed 23 November 2019)

He kōrero nā Ian McGibbon, i tāngia i te 20 Jun 2012, updated 27 Feb 2016