The Gulf War: 1990 - 1991

In August 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait, a move that was denounced by New Zealand and most of the rest of the international community. As well as considerable RNZAF resources, New Zealand also contributed a 32-strong Army medical team to the multi-national force.

The medical team arrived in Bahrain in January 1991, three days after the multi-national force began air operations against targets in Iraq and Kuwait.

The New Zealand detachment consisted of a complete surgical team and support staff, and was integrated into the United States Navy’s 6th Naval Fleet Hospital, a unit with nearly 1000 personnel operating a hospital with 500 acute care beds and capable of conducting a vast range of medical procedures.

A tri-Service New Zealand medical team was also dispatched to the area in early 1991.

This page was last amended on 24 February 2015