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Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers board an inflatable boat as they prepare to head out into the harbor to search for Iraqi mines. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

Two members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Detachment Mobile Unit 6 examine an Iraqi mine that washed ashore. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

A member of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) stows a piece of equipment on the pier. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

Hull Technician 1ST Class Jeff Simons, left, a member of a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team, examines a device with members of an Australian EOD unit. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

American, British and Australian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers gather at their base camp after a day's work. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

A member of a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team checks his team's diving gear for oil residue after it was cleaned. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

Members of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit sit in an inflatable boat as they prepare to enter the water to search for Iraqi mines. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

A member of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit examines a round of Soviet-made ammunition as he prepares a case of captured Iraqi munitions for shipment. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Roy Hunt of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 6 examines an Iraqi mine that washed ashore. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

A member of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit One confers with a member of a British EOD team on the pier. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

Hull Technician 1ST Class Jeff Simons, a member of a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team, checks out an underground crawl space used by Iraqi soldiers during their occupation of Kuwait. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

A member of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit checks the documentation on a case of Iraqi munitions being prepared for removal. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

A former Iraqi defensive emplacement sits on a dock at the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm

A ship's bell is silhouetted against the smoke-filled sky following Operation Desert Storm

U.S. military policemen stand by beside their M998 as High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) sailors muster on the dock in the background after the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm. A British Hunt class coastal minesweeper is tied up to the dock at left

Two U.S. Navy officers stand on the dock following the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm

Troops muster on the dock near the U.S. Army logistic support vessel LT. General William B. Bunker (LSV-4) as the city's port facility is cleared of mines and unexploded ordnance following the cease-fire that ended Operation Desert Storm. An M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) equipped with a Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher is at right

A team of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers ride in an inflatable boat across the harbor while taking part in the multinational effort to clear the city's port facility of mines and unexploded ordnance following Operation Desert Storm

The U.S. Army logistic support vessel LT. General William B. Bunker (LSV-4) lies tied up at a dock as the city's port facility is cleared of mines and unexploded ordnance following the cease-fire that ended Operation Desert Storm

Several sailors and military policemen gather beside an M1038 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) on the dock after the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm. A captured Iraqi vessel is in the background behind the crane

A merchant ship, left, and a captured Iraqi vessel lie tied up to the dock after the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm

Three explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers climb aboard an inflatable boat as they prepare to search for mines and unexploded ordnance as part of the multinational effort to re-open the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm

Against the backdrop of a smoke-filled sky, British troops gather near a pair of Land Rover One Ten light vehicles after the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm

A team of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers sets out to search for mines and unexploded ordnance as part of the multinational effort to re-open the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm

A Navy journalist works on a story in his hotel room following Operation Desert Storm

A team of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers sets out to search for mines and unexploded ordnance as part of the multinational effort to re-open the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm

A U.S. Army tug boat crosses the harbor after the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm

A UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter comes in to land on the dock following the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm

Electrician's Mate 1ST Class (SS) Reynold Wright, a crew member from the repair ship USS JASON (AR-8), checks electrical connections in the engine room of the Kuwaiti tugboat Al-Mutlaa. Wright and other repair team members are aboard the boat to work on equipment which suffered damage during the occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. The troops were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

A captured Iraqi vessel, right, lies tied up at the dock after the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm. In the background are, from right, the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3), the British coastal minesweeper HMS CATTISTOCK (M-31) and the U.S. Army logistic support vessel LT. General William B. Bunker (LSV-4)

Rubble from deserted Iraqi bunkers lies on the pier after being examined by a multinational explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team in an effort to make the harbor area safe for reopening. The U.S. Army barge CHATEAU-THIERRY, in the foreground, at left, and the Army logistic support vessel LT. GEN. WILLIAM B. BUNKER (LSV-4), are docked at the pier. A Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter stands on the pier in the background

Members of a British explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team disembark from an inflatable boat after searching a section of the harbor for mines following Operation Desert Storm. British, American and Australian EOD teams are clearing the port of the mines and unexploded ordnance that were left behind by retreating Iraqi forces

Barbed wire lies on the pier after being retrieved by a multinational explosives ordnance disposal (EOD) team during a sweep of the harbor area in an effort to locate mines left by retreating Iraqi forces. The U.S. Army barge CHATEAU-THIERRY, in the foreground, at left, and the Army logistic support vessel LT. GEN. WILLIAM B. BUNKER (LSV-4), are docked at the pier. A Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter stands on the pier in the background

Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, lower right, commander, U.S. Navy Middle East Force, greets CAPT. Abdel-Rahman Naibari, Kuwait's chief of ports, and Edward Gnehm, U.S. ambassador to Kuwait, as they come aboard the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3). The LA SALLE is in Ash Shuaybah for a ceremony marking the re-opening of the port after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait

A U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team member rinses his gear in clean water after diving in the oil-polluted water of the harbor to search for Iraqi mines. Australian and British EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

A U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team member rinses his gear in clean water after diving in the oil-polluted water of the harbor to search for Iraqi mines. Australian and British EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

A Kuwaiti shipmaster speaks with LT. CMDR. Dave Wright, lead repair officer of the repair ship USS JASON (AR-8), aboard the tugboat A1-MUTLAA. Wright and other repair team members are aboard the boat to work on equipment which suffered damage during the occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. The troops were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

A U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team member rinses his gear in clean water after diving in the oil-polluted water of the harbor to search for Iraqi mines. Australian and British EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

Members of a British explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team disembark from an inflatable boat after searching a section of the harbor for mines following Operation Desert Storm. British, American and Australian EOD teams are clearing the port of the mines and unexploded ordnance that were left behind by retreating Iraqi forces

A Kuwaiti shipmaster speaks with LT. CMDR. Dave Wright, lead repair officer of the repair ship USS JASON (AR-8), aboard the tugboat A1-MUTLAA. Wright and other repair team members are aboard the boat to work on equipment which suffered damage during the occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. The troops were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

A U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team member rinses his gear in clean water after diving in the oil-polluted water of the harbor to search for Iraqi mines. Australian and British EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

An aerial view of the harbor after mines, planted by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait, were removed by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) diving teams. U.S., Australian, and British team members joined in a multinational effort to make the harbor safe for reopening. Oil slicks, also a product of the Iraqi occupation, can be seen in the water

U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team members check their gear before diving into the oil-polluted water to search for Iraqi mines. Australian and British EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

Boatswain's Mate 1ST Class Daniel Creasman, a crew member from the repair ship USS JASON (AR-8), handles a mooring line aboard the Kuwaiti tugboat A1-MUTLAA. Creasman and other repair team members are aboard the boat to work on equipment which suffered damage during the occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. The troops were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

CMDR. Robert Destefano, commanding officer of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 1, holds a missile launcher found at Ash Shuaybah. U.S., Australian, and British EOD team members have been clearing the Ash Shuaybah harbor of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from Kuwait by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

A soldier examines the documentation on a shipping container left behind by retreating Iraqi troops as captured equipment and ordnance are prepared for shipment following Operation Desert Storm

CMDR. Robert Destefano, commanding officer of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 1, holds the chemical horn of a contact mine found at Ash Shuaybah. U.S., Australian, and British EOD team members have been clearing the Ash Shuaybah harbor of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from Kuwait by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team members check their gear before diving into the oil-polluted water to search for Iraqi mines. Australian and British EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

A mobile crane is used to unload oil barriers from a flatbed trailer on the pier following Operation Desert Storm. The harbor and its facilities were re-opened after explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams from the U.S., Britain and Australia cleared out the mines and unexploded ordnance that were left behind by Iraqi forces

Members of an Australian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) diving team unties an inflatable boat from the pier as he and his fellow team members prepare to search for mines planted in the harbor by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait. The Australian divers are joining British and U.S. EOD team members in a multinational effort to make the harbor safe for reopening

A member of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit checks the documentation on a case of Iraqi munitions being prepared for removal. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

An Army military policeman keeps watch from the roof of an M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) as the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) arrives at the pier behind him. The LA SALLE has come to Ash Shuaybah for a ceremony marking the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operaiton Desert Storm

Members of a U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team pull a mine taken from the city's harbor into the back of a truck. EOD teams from a U.S., Britain and Australia are clearing the harbor and its facilities of unexploded ordnance following Operation Desert Storm

British explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team members prepare to move out into the harbor in an inflatable boat from which they will dive to search for Iraqi mines. U.S. and Australian EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

British and American military personnel walk along the dock near an M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) after the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm. In the background are the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3), right, the British coastal minesweeper HMS CATTISTOCK (M-31), center, and the U.S. Army logistic support vessel LT. General William B. Bunker (LSV-4), left background

CHIEF Machinist's Mate Ceasar C. Bagsic, kneeling, and CHIEF Engineman Orly B. Bisquera, both crew members from the repair ship USS JASON (AR-8), work on equipment aboard the Kuwaiti tugboat A1-MUTLAA which suffered damage during the occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. The troops were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

Members of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit examine round of Soviet-made ammunition as they prepare a case of captured Iraqi munitions for shipment. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

A Kuwaiti shipmaster speaks with LT. CMDR. Dave Wright, lead repair officer of the repair ship USS JASON (AR-8), aboard the tugboat A1-MUTLAA. Wright and other repair team members are aboard the boat to work on equipment which suffered damage during the occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. The troops were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

A burned-out tug boat lies tied up near the cement carrier HILALCEMENT I after the re-opening of the city's port facility following a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait

An aerial view of the harbor after mines, planted by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait, were removed by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) diving teams. U.S., Australian, and British team members joined in a multinational effort to make the harbor safe for reopening. Oil slicks, also a product of the Iraqi occupation, can be seen in the water

An abandoned Iraqi bunker stands on the pier following the withdrawal of Iraqi troops which were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

Members of an Australian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) diving team secure an inflatable boat to the pier so that other team members might board to search for mines planted in the harbor by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait. The Australian divers are joining British and U.S. EOD team members in a multinational effort to make the harbor safe for reopening

A damaged Kuwaiti navy coastal patrol craft lies tied up at the pier following Operation Desert Storm. The boat, which was used by Iraqi forces as an anti-aircraft platform during their occupation of Kuwait, has a ZPU-2 14.5mm anti-aircraft machine gun placed on its bow

LT. CMDR. Dave Wright, lead repair officer of the repair ship USS JASON (AR-8), departs from the Kuwaiti tugboat A1-MUTLAA after speaking with the tug's shipmaster. Wright and his team will be repairing equipment aboard the boat which suffered damage during the occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. The troops were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

A U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team member rinses his gear in clean water after diving in the oil-polluted water of the harbor to search for Iraqi mines. Australian and British EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team member prepares to enter the oil-polluted water to search for Iraqi mines. Australian and British EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

An Army military policeman mans the Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher mounted on the roof of an M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) as the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) ties up at the pier behind him. The LA SALLE has come to Ash Shuaybah for a ceremony marking the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm

British explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team members prepare to move out into the harbor in an inflatable boat from which they will dive to search for Iraqi mines. U.S. and Australian EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

Electrician's Mate 1ST Class (SS) Reynold Wright, a crew member from the repair ship USS JASON (AR-8), checks a meter in the engine room of the Kuwaiti tugboat A1-MUTLAA. Wright and other repair team members are aboard the boat to work on equipment which suffered damage during the occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. The troops were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

Members of an Australian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) diving team board an inflatable boat as they prepare to search for mines planted in the harbor by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait. The Australian divers are joining British and U.S. EOD team members in a multinational effort to make the harbor safe for reopening

CHIEF Machinist's Mate Ceasar C. Bagsic, kneeling, and CHIEF Engineman Orly B. Bisquera, both crew members from the repair ship USS JASON (AR-8), work on equipment aboard the Kuwaiti tugboat A1-MUTLAA which suffered damage during the occupation of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. The troops were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team members check their gear before diving into the oil-polluted water to search for Iraqi mines. Australian and British EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

British Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team members walk down the pier as they prepare to search for Iraqi mines in the harbor. U.S. and Australian EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

Ammunition crates, shell casings and other debris left behind by retreating Iraqi forces litter one of the city's piers following Operation Desert Storm

U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team members rinse laundry on the pier. The men, along with Australian and British EOD team members, are in the area to clear the harbor of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from Kuwait by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

A U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team member rinses his gear in clean water after diving in the oil-polluted water of the harbor to search for Iraqi mines. Australian and British EOD teams are also taking part in the effort to clear the area of ordnance left by Iraqi forces who were ousted from the country by U.S. and allied forces during Operation Desert Storm

Members of an Australian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) diving team prepare to search for mines planted in the harbor by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait. The Australian divers are joining British and U.S. EOD team members in a multinational effort to make the harbor safe for reopening

The command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3), command center for all mine countermeasures units during Operation Desert Storm, is moored at a pier prior to a ceremony marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility. The port is being reopened after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait

Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, commander, Middle East Force, points out strategic areas on a map while conducting a news conference prior to a ceremony marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility during Operation Desert Storm. The port is being reopened after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait

Military personnel and civil officials from several coalition nations gather on the dock prior to a ceremony marking the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm. The command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) is in the background

Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, commander, Middle East Force, conducts a news conference prior to a ceremony marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility during Operation Desert Storm. The port is being reopened after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait

Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, commander, Middle East Force, speaks at a ceremony marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility during Operation Desert Storm. The port is being reopened after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait

Dignitaries meet in the wardroom aboard the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) prior to a ceremony marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait. Among those at the table are Edward Gnehm, left, U.S. ambassador to Kuwait; Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, second from left, commander, U.S. Navy Middle East Force; and Kuwaiti ports chief CAPT. Abdel-Rahman Naibari, second from right

Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, commander, U.S. Navy Middle East Force, listens as Edward Gnehm, U.S. ambassador to Kuwait, speaks to guests aboard the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) during a ceremony marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait. Kuwaiti ports chief CAPT. Abdel-Rahman Naibari is seated at center

Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, commander, Middle East Force, points out strategic areas on a map while conducting a news conference prior to a ceremony marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility during Operation Desert Storm. The port is being reopened after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait

The colors fly from the mast of the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3), command center for all mine countermeasures units during Operation Desert Storm, as the ship is docked at a pier for a ceremony marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility. The port is being reopened after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait

M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) of a military police unit, one equipped with a Mark 19 grenade launcher, provide security for the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3), command center for all mine countermeasures units, prior to a ceremony marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility during Operation Desert Storm. The port is being reopened after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait

Rear Adm. Raynor Taylor, commander, Middle East Force, briefs dignitaries on the removal of mines from the harbor during a meeting aboard the miscellaneous flagship USS LASALLE (AGF-3). Among those seated at the table are U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Edward Gnehm, left, and Kuwait's chief of ports CAPT. Abdel-Rahman Naibari, right

CAPT. W. H. Ide, commanding officer of the miscellaneous flagship USS LASALLE (AGF-3), welcomes dignitaries aboard the ship as Rear Adm. Raynor Taylor, commander, Middle East Force, stands by at right. The officials are visiting the LASALLE to celebrate the reopening of Ash Shuaybah's harbor following removal of Iraqi mines by a multinational explosives ordnance disposal team

The command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3), command center for all mine countermeasures units during Operation Desert Storm, is moored at a pier prior to a ceremony marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility. The port is being reopened after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait

Dignitaries applaud as Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, left, commander, Middle East Force, presents a plaque to Kuwaiti ports chief CAPT. Abdel-Rahman Naibari during a ceremony aboard the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait. Edward Gnehm, the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, is third from right

The command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) arrives for a ceremony marking the port's re-opening following Operation Desert Storm. The harbor and its facilities are being re-opened after explosive teams from the EOD teams U.S., Britain and Australia are cleared out the mines and unexploded ordnance that were left behind by Iraqi forces

Members of a U.S. Army detachment pose for a photograph with some of their explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) equipment following the reopening of the harbor area. A multinational EOD team has been clearing mines from the harbor following the Iraqi withdrawal during Operation Desert Storm

The commanding officer of the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) stands between his executive officer and a harbor pilot on a bridge wing as the ship ties up at the pier. The LA SALLE has come to Ash Shuaybah for a ceremony marking the re-opening of the city's port facility following Operation Desert Storm

A cameraman films CAPT. Abdel-Rahman Naibari, Kuwaiti ports chief, as he speaks during the opening of Ash Shuaybah harbor. The waters were cleared of mines by a multinational explosives ordnance disposal team following Iraqi withdrawal from the area during Operation Desert Storm

A sailor from the miscellaneous flagship USS LASALLE (AGF-3), docked at right, takes a photograph of a fellow crew member near coils of barbed wire from a deserted Iraqi bunker. The harbor and pier have been reopened after being cleared of Iraqi ordnance by a multinational explosive ordnance disposal team. Docked in the background, at left, are the U.S. Army barge CHATEAU-THIERRY (79) and the logistic support vessel LT. GEN. WILLIAM B. BUNKER (LSV-4)

Dignitaries gather aboard the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) following a ceremony marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait. Among the dignitaries are Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, left, commander, U.S. Navy Middle East Force; CAPT. Abdel-Rahman Naibari, fourth from left, Kuwaiti ports chief; and U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Edward Gnehm, third from right

Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, left, commander, U.S. Navy Middle East Force, and Edward Gnehm, center, U.S. ambassador to Kuwait, listen as Kuwaiti ports chief CAPT. Abdel-Rahman Naibari speaks to guests aboard the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) during a ceremony marking the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait

Rear Adm. Raynor A.K. Taylor, commander, U.S. Navy Middle East Force, leads Kuwaiti ports chief CAPT. Abdel-Rahman Naibari and other dignitaries down a ladder aboard the command ship USS LA SALLE (AGF-3) before the start of a ceremony to mark the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait

U.S. Navy photographers gather on the pier to document the re-opening of Ash Shuaybah's port facility. The port is being reopened after a multinational effort to clear the mines laid by Iraqi forces during their occupation of Kuwait