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Life aboard HMCS Terra Nova

Unlike any conflict before, the Gulf War of 1991 played out in a brave new world of biological warfare. A round-the-clock television audience was captivated by the flying missiles that lit up the night sky. Canadian troops, sent abroad for combat for the first time since the Korean War joined the Allied forces to fight Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. On the surface, the occupation ended swiftly and decisively as the Iraqi forces retreated. But as was evident over the next decade, the problems remained unresolved.

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They're playing a waiting game, performing mostly drills and simulations, but it's hard to maintain morale when you see nothing but water and the horizon all day. The Canadian warship HMCS Terra Nova, as featured in this report, is enforcing the UN sanctioned blockade against Iraq. So far, the ship hasn't engaged in any major conflict and many believe it may never come. Some crew members wait patiently, reading mail from home. But for others, waiting for the worst is nothing short of excruciating.
• The Canadian Forces in the Middle East operated under the name Operation Friction.
• Approximately 4,000 Canadians participated in the Gulf War intervention, 2,700 of whom were stationed in the Persian Gulf.

• The 37 nations involved in the coalition against Iraq were: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Honduras, Italy, Kuwait, Morocco, The Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, The United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Oct. 31, 1990
Guest(s): Stuart Andrews
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Martin Seemungal
Duration: 3:09

Last updated: February 3, 2012

Page consulted on November 6, 2014

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