The ANZAC class frigate HMAS STUART, (CMDR Phillip Spedding, RAN), took part in the rescue of US personnel following a suicide attack by three boats on oil terminals at Basra and Al Faw, in southern Iraq. An 8-man coalition boarding party had spotted the suspicious vessels, and while attempting to board one of the dhows the explosives onboard were detonated. At least two coalition personnel were killed, and several wounded. STUART’s Seahawk helicopter and RHIB were used to rescue coalition personnel, and bring them back to the ship for medical attention. The bodies of the two slain personnel were also recovered by STUART’s RHIB.
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