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By Jean H. Morin

This reputable account of the quandary within the Persian Gulf strains the Canadian Forces committment to the Gulf quarter in keeping with Iraqui aggression in 1990-1991. established upon their own reviews, quite a few interviews, and unrestricted entry to reliable papers, they've got produced a candid account of worth for either the army expert and the civilian.

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The sixth would be the first completed, the idea being that the new systems would be fitted and tested in this "prototype" to resolve any installation problems. It would then remain in Canada for later detailed testing. Although Shearwater's effort initially lagged behind that of Dockyard by a full two days, it very quickly reached the same level of intensity. Even while the lists of new equipment were being put together, the air maintenance section at Shearwater was busy removing obvious surplus equipment such as the dipping sonars.

To prepare for this exercise, the American officer in overall control was hosting a senior commanders' briefing and war game simulation at the Headquarters of the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (SACLANT) in the second week of August. Up until then, none of the nations participating in the exercise had made a formal commitment to a Gulf deployment. However, aware of the possibility of Canadian action, Commodore Summers chose to remain in Halifax to follow the progress of political and military decision-making.

Still, the incident gave rise to the apocryphal story that the task group was being outfitted with museum pieces. 42 Off to the Gulf: August - September 1990 In time, the required parts arrived and the refurbishing was completed. The guns may have been somewhat dated, but they had a useful purpose. As the installations of all the various weapons and communications systems progressed during the week of 11-18 August, Commodore Summers began to appreciate that the planned departure for the twenty-first was in jeopardy, through no fault of anyone involved.

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