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Operation Armilla - Gulf Patrol 1981

In 1980 war broke out between Iraq and Iran. In response to the increased danger to British shipping and other British interests, Royal Navy warships were sent to the Gulf and at least one has remained there ever since. This was called Operation Armilla, or the Gulf patrol as it is more widely known. HMS Ardent deployed to the Gulf in December 1980. Ardent is pictured here escorting the British tanker Mary R Koch in the Gulf of Oman in January 1981.

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Map of Ardent's Deployment (Donated by Brenda White)