Saddam Hussein’s yacht after US jets bombed it

al mansur yacht

This was the state of Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein’s luxury gin palace, the Al Mansur (‘The Victor’) after it was bombed during Iraq War in March 2003.

United States F-14 Tomcats attacked the yacht, presumably targeted as a state asset and symbol of Hussein’s power.


The vessel didn’t sink but the bombs did enough damage and it was later decommissioned (it would have taken more than a lick of paint to get it right again, to be fair).

The 400ft boat, weighing 7,400 tons, could seat 200 guests under a glass atrium in the middle and even had a secret escape route descending down from Hussein’s room into a submarine launch pod.

Very James Bond.