Iraq Operations

 

 

             On the First Day of Spring 2003,

               Saddam gets his pecker smacked...

 

 

             Late on Thursday, elite British troops were dropped by Chinook and Sea Stallion helicopters to seize oil facilities in the strategic al-Faw peninsula Iraq's access point to the Persian Gulf and the site of major oil facilities.

 

 

         
British Royal Marines from C-Company 40 Commando board chinook helicopters from 18 Squadron Royal Air Force.

 

             British Royal Marines from C Company, 40 Commando, board Chinook helicopters from 18 Squadron Royal Air Force in the northern Kuwait desert on late Thursday, early Friday, 20/21 March 2003. The marines were the first British troops to enter Iraq. Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq is going well but the war will not be won overnight.

 

         
British Royal Marines from C-Company 40 Commando board chinook helicopters from 18 Squadron Royal Air Force.

 

 

         
A 105mm gun is dropped by a Chinook helicopter to British 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.

 

             A 105mm gun is transported by a Chinook helicopter to British 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery on the al-Faw Peninsular in southern Iraq on Friday, 21 March 2003. Royal Marines 3 Commando Brigade which incorporates 29 Commando are at the forefront of initial engagements into southern Iraq securing strategic sites and destroying military installations. The war in Iraq is going well but British forces will meet resistance and victory will not come overnight, Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Friday.

 

 

         
Two CH-47D Chinook helicopters head toward Iraq after taking off from Camp Udairi, Kuwait.

 

             Two CH-47D Chinook helicopters head toward Iraq after taking off from Camp Udairi, Kuwait on Sunday, 23 March 2003. They carry soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, who will set up a forward area resupply point (FARP) for fuel that will allow the division to conduct further air assaults deep into Iraq. The 101st conducted its first air assault mission on Iraq Sunday.

 

 

         
CH-47D Chinook helicopter crewmembers of the 101st Airborne Division converse on the flight line.

 

             CH-47D Chinook helicopter crewmembers of the 101st Airborne Division converse on the flight line shortly before flying across the border into Iraq, while AH-64 Apache helicopters wait to take off on Sunday, 23 March 2003, at Camp Udairi in Kuwait. The 101st Airborne Division commenced its first air assault into Iraq Sunday. Click-N-Go Here to iew a larger version [179 Kb].

 

 

         
A CH-47D Chinook helicopter with the 101st Airborne Division takes off from Camp New Jersey in Kuwait.

 

             A CH-47D Chinook helicopter with the 101st Airborne Division takes off from Camp New Jersey in Kuwait on Sunday, 23 March 2003, carrying communications equipment to be flown into Iraq for the division's Assault Command Post.

 

 

         
A Chinook helicopter comes in low as it works to lower a mobile bridge into exactly the right place on the banks of the Shat Al Basra.

 

             A Chinook helicopter comes in low as it works to lower a mobile bridge into exactly the right place on the banks of the Shat Al Basra across from Umm Qasr in southern Iraq on Sunday, 23 March 2003. Commando-trained Royal Engineers flew in to the battle zone of Umm Qasr to build a vital supply bridge. Umm Qasr, Iraq's only deepwater port, is strategically vital as a conduit for shipments of humanitarian aid to the war-torn nation.

 

 

         
RAF Chinook HC Mark II helicopters continue to ferry supplies ashore from HMS Ark Royal to the Al Faw penninsula during March 2003.

 

             RAF Chinook HC Mark II helicopters continue to ferry supplies ashore from HMS Ark Royal to the Al Faw penninsula during March 2003.

 

 

         
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