HMS Cardiff back from the Gulf. Portsmouth harbour, 14/3/1991.
Close up photograph of scenes from the return of HMS Sheffield to Portsmouth Naval Dockyard, features a teenage girl having her photograph taken by the side of a Lynx helicopter on the flight deck HMS Cardiff. Cardiff was a Type 42, or Sheffield-class guided missile destroyer, used by the Royal Navy to provide air defence for the surface fleet. Type 42s were fitted with Sea Dart surface to air anti-aircraft missile system. Cardiff was deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991 as part of a Royal Navy taskforce sent to take part in the Gulf War. It was however, the ship's Lynx helicopter who saw the most action when on the 24th January, Cardiff sighted three Iraqi vessels the helicopter destroyed two of the vessels, which later turned out to be minesweepers.