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By Jean H. Morin

This respectable account of the drawback within the Persian Gulf strains the Canadian Forces committment to the Gulf zone in keeping with Iraqui aggression in 1990-1991. dependent upon their own stories, a number of interviews, and unrestricted entry to legit papers, they've got produced a candid account of worth for either the army specialist and the civilian.

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27 Although the onus was therefore squarely upon MARCOM, the planning circle was widened to include Air Command (AIRCOM) and Mobile 29 The Canadian Forces in the Persian Gulf: Operation FRICTION, 1990-1991 Command (FMC). They were directed to lend whatever support was required. To facilitate that, General Huddleston took the extraordinary step of allowing DIRLAUTH (DIRect Liaison AUTHorized) among the commands as appropriate to complete staff checks. The National Defence Operations Centre (NDOC), normally only a skeleton crew during the silent hours, also was activated to round-the-clock operations in order to be able to respond immediately to their requests.

It would then remain in Canada for later detailed testing. Although Shearwater's effort initially lagged behind that of Dockyard by a full two days, it very quickly reached the same level of intensity. Even while the lists of new equipment were being put together, the air maintenance section at Shearwater was busy removing obvious surplus equipment such as the dipping sonars. With the arrival of the installation control team, the changeover got into full swing. To assist tracking the progress of the installations, all three headquarters (NDHQ, MARCOMHQ and MAGHQ) adopted a format in which each major item was listed and then updated daily according to a colour code: green ("Low risk, no known impediment"); yellow ("Medium risk"); or red ("High risk").

Mobile Command was able to keep greater control of SALON, which had few demands that could not be satisfied by Command's own resources, but FRICTION almost immediately came to make heavy demands on certain army resources. Furthermore, each operation resulted in 36 Off to the Gulf: August - September 1990 extraordinary air transport requirements. Above all, coming at the recognized beginning of an economic recession, the unplanned expenditures signalled a serious budgetary impact. Together, the two operations were to tax the military resources of the Forces in general, and of Maritime Command in particular, to the limit.

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