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Rugby league football used on board HMAS KANIMBLA

Date: c 2001
Overall: 290 x 180 x 180 mm, 0.42 kg
Medium: Synthetic fabric
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Transfer from Royal Australian Navy, Directorate of Naval History
Object Name: Football
Object No: 00037007
Place Manufactured:India

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    Footballs were presented to the ship's company of HMAS KANIMBLA before its departure in October 2001 on deployment to the Persian Gulf as part of Australia's contribution to the Maritime Interception Force, Iraq (MIF). Games were held on the ship's flightdeck.
    SignificanceThis innocuous football was used to provide fitness and fun during a long deployment in the Persian Gulf.
    HistoryKANIMBLA completed a five and a half month deployment in the Gulf in 2001, enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq. During that period some 50 vessels were boarded and searched; 23 of which were involved in smuggling.

    Morale and fitness on board ship is as important as the duties the ship's company undertake - this football from the National Rugby League (NRL) was used during the downtimes.

    HMAS KANIMBLA (L 51) was purchased from the US Navy in 1994 and converted into an amphibious warfare transport ship. Formerly USS SAGINAW (LST-1188) it was laid down in 1969 as a Newport class tank landing ship. KANIMBLA was decommissioned from the RAN in November 2011.
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    Manufacturer: Steeden

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