Its not well known but at the start of Gulf War One, the Iraqi navy was quite active with small warships and minelayers. The US navy had a real problem as they did not have any weapons that could deal with this threat without massive overkill. Step in the Lynx with its Sea Skua missiles. Two aircraft effectively sank the whole Iraqi navy although little was ever made of it in the press. Sometimes I despair of the RN PR people. Had it been the RAF they would all have been given VCs and there would be endless TV documentaries about it. However, I have the first hand accounts of the guys who flew the missions so can hopefully redress the balance a little. I am also hoping to interview the crew of HMS Duncan's Lynx who are just back from the Gulf to get a current and first hand account of what is going on out there now. Should be interesting.
|A Mark 8 Lynx with a Sea Skua keeping the 'peace' in the Gulf.|