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The Gulf War

In 1990-1991, as the Cold War was ending, the navy played a central role in Canada's involvement in the United States-led international coalition that ousted Iraqi forces under Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.

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HMCS Huron and HMCS Kootenay, 1990
HMCS Huron and HMCS Kootenay, 1990

The Canadian destroyers HMCS Huron (right) and HMCS Kootenay (left) return to Esquimalt, British Columbia, in 1990.

Family, friends, and loved ones (foreground) gather to greet the ships and sailors as they return home. By this time, Esquimalt had been a Canadian naval base for 80 years, and ships based there had been directly involved in Cold War and Korean War operations. In the summer of 1990, however, Huron, and Kootenay, along with HMCS Annapolis and HMCS Provider, were the first Canadian warships to visit the Soviet port of Vladivostok since the end of the Second World War, a sign of the Cold War's imminent end.

CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum

HMCS Huron and HMCS Kootenay, 1990
HMCS Terra Nova in Halifax Harbour
HMCS Terra Nova
Javelin Surface-to-Air Missile
Bofors 40mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
R.A.S. Complete Gulf War
HMCS Huron, 1990
Gulf and Kuwait Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal