Chinese Paras jump into quake zone

#1
CHENGDU - The first batch of 100 elite soldiers were parachuted into an area near the epicenter of Monday's earthquake in southwest China Wednesday afternoon.

The paratroopers landed safely in cut-off Maoxian county, northeast of the epicenter Wenchuan

China planned to parachute troops and supplies into Wenchuan on Tuesday, but later called off the action due to unfavorable weather conditions including thunderstorms and heavy rain.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-05/14/content_6684876.htm

This is the first of many such jumps due to happen over the next couple of days, across the regions cut off areas.

The terrain is very rough indeed, rarely a flat bit for hundreds of miles, not a happy mission.

Have Paratroopers been deployed in similar aid emergencies to anybody’s knowledge?
 
#3
The French 8°RPIMa did a jump on the wreckage of the UTA DC-10 flight 772 which had been destroyed over the Tibesti desert in Chad by a Libyan bomb back in September 1989.

Horrendous job, having to pick up pieces of human flesh in the desert heat for several weeks...
 
#6
WhiteHorse said:
Saw the US PJs do some work in Alaska, many people owe their lives to them.
PJs went places no-one else would after the big quake in San Francisco a few years back. Remember the double deck overpass that collapsed on itself? PJs crawled into the gap and tended to the people trapped in the cars within. Don't think they needed to parachute into California though.
 
#7
Good idea given the terrain out there.

Can't see it working with our paras though. They'd jump in, kill everyone, dig in, get pished and wait for the relief troops to arrive.
 
#10
Are those men actually special forces or has someone mis-translated?
 
#11
ostvic said:
Are those men actually special forces or has someone mis-translated?
Apparently not. Mind you, the term does have different meanings around the world, though. They might be a sort of Pathfinder-minus/brigade reconnaissance type effort. Nice to see Top-Jock jumping first with the LZ recce party, though. :D
 
#12
Paras, Chinese or otherwise, jumping into areas where they are not sending their choppers sounds like desperation. Those of us who have jumped in Norway, etc, should be able to offer some advice ie dream on!
 
#13
HarryBosch said:
Paras, Chinese or otherwise, jumping into areas where they are not sending their choppers sounds like desperation. Those of us who have jumped in Norway, etc, should be able to offer some advice ie dream on!
I think they are pretty desperate. There's whole swathes of central and northern Sichuan where they still don't have a clue what the situation is. I think they just want to get eyes and radios into as much of the area as possible.
 
#14
My last sounds such a selfish thing to say :( The disaster befalling just one of the towns in China is awful; 8000 out of 10,000 dead in one city. 1200 + are children who were taking lessons in school. Very sad :(

Sorry, folk.
 
#15
smartascarrots said:
ostvic said:
Are those men actually special forces or has someone mis-translated?
Apparently not. Mind you, the term does have different meanings around the world, though. They might be a sort of Pathfinder-minus/brigade reconnaissance type effort. Nice to see Top-Jock jumping first with the LZ recce party, though. :D
If they were, interesting to catch a glimpse. Was good to see No 2 Boss jump though he did seem to get a little over excited :)
 
#16
I think it has been mis-translated they were probs a Special force.As in a special force of Paras sent in to have a look and help.
 
#17
smartascarrots said:
HarryBosch said:
Paras, Chinese or otherwise, jumping into areas where they are not sending their choppers sounds like desperation. Those of us who have jumped in Norway, etc, should be able to offer some advice ie dream on!
I think they are pretty desperate. There's whole swathes of central and northern Sichuan where they still don't have a clue what the situation is. I think they just want to get eyes and radios into as much of the area as possible.
Special Forces would be a good bet especially in an army where the rank and file would maybe not be expected to have much initiative. A bastard of a job though. :(
 
#18
Lewis said:
I think it has been mis-translated they were probs a Special force.As in a special force of Paras sent in to have a look and help.
Dunno. I asked the Jade Dream if the reporter said Special Forces and she said, "Mmmm. Yes" and went back to her work. Doesn't mean the reporter got it right, I suppose, or that Special Forces means the same thing in the PLA as here. They definitely weren't run of the mill Chinese squaddies, I can say that.
 
#19
It's not speshul forces that one needs in disaster areas! Just how many tents, blankets and medical supplies do you think they can jump with? The references to Chinese mil (SF or otherwise) is bullshit; it's never the armed forces who save hundres or thousands of people in disaster areas, it's the people whom ARRSE, RR and most everybody else on here slag off.
 
#20
Lewis said:
I think it has been mis-translated they were probs a Special force.As in a special force of Paras sent in to have a look and help.
The term 'Special Forces' in the PLA is more of a catch all for all elite specialist troops, without the distinctions we understand. There are more jumps going on, as carrots says they want to get boots everywhere, having areas without help even just to bury the dead days after the quake is unacceptable to Chinese public opinion.

The majority of the estimated 50,000 dead are believed to be school kids, brutally sad.
 

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