Instagram post by @naval_related_history_ Megan - Military Historian

"The Complete Destruction of the 🇮🇶 Iraqi Navy during Operation Desert Storm " •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Photo caption - Photograph from the Battle of Qurah and Umm al Maradim - An Iraqi Navy ship being destroyed by coalition naval gun fire. -------------------------------------------- The Battle of Bubiyan was a naval engagement of the Gulf War, that occurred in the waters between Bubiyan Island and the Shatt al-Arab marshlands, where the bulk of the Iraqi Navy, while attempting to flee to Iran, much like the Iraqi Air Force, was engaged and destroyed by Coalition warships and helicopters. The battle was completely one-sided. Lynx helicopters of the British Royal Navy using Sea Skua missiles were responsible for destroying 14 vessels (3 minesweepers, 1 minelayer, 3 TNC 45 Fast Attack Craft, 2 Zhuk-class patrol boats, 2 Polnocny-class landing ships, 2 salvage vessels, 1 Type 43 minelayer and 1 other vessel) during the battle. The battle saw 21 separate engagements over a course of 13 hours. A total of 21 of the 22 ships that attempted to escape were destroyed. While Canadian personnel were present, only British and American personnel ended up actually engaging Iraqi forces during the naval engagement. -------------------------------------------- Also related to the Bubiyan action was the Battle of Khafji, where Saddam Hussein sent an amphibious assault to Khafji to reinforce the city against the Coalition attack. This too was spotted by the Coalition naval forces and subsequently destroyed. The last action of the Iraqi Navy was to fire a Silkworm missile from an inland launcher at the battleship USS Missouri; however, it was intercepted midflight by a Sea Dart missile from the British destroyer HMS Gloucester and succesfully destroyed. After the Bubiyan action, the Iraqi Navy ceased to exist as a fighting force at all, leaving Iraq with very few ships, all in poor condition.

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