Did the RAF reg Parachute into SL in 2002

#1
Read in a few diferent threads on hear that the RAF reg droped into Sierra Leon(spelt wrong I know) in 2002.

:? ??????????????????????TRUE or FALSE????????????????? :?
 
#3
ABF they will no doubt tell you that they did if you ask them, after all they are an elite regt... so they told me.
 

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#4
I beleive they INTENDED to drop into SL but were informed by their travel agent that all the hotels were pants (something about a war?), so they diverted to the Novotel in the Gambia. Classed as an operational jump as the hotel was occupied at the time by 300 Germans and the British Airways flight crew.
 
#6
They did.

They didn't declare it as an operational jump; only PJHQ or MOD have the authority to do that. PJHQ tasked it and declared it as an operational jump.

The point was as a UK demonstration of force, in the same way that others fast roped out of Sea Kings/fired HMGs from WMIKs on the beach at Freetown/did low and fast passes over Freetown in Harriers.
 
#10
ok then when was the last operational jump for the Airborne forces then.

I have always been told it was Lt Col Chaundler (spelling??) when he lobbed into the south atlantic to take over 2 PARA?

Does this count as an operational jump for a unit?

or do we have to go back to Suez?

Red.

Im not really that bothered I just want to distract my mind from thinking about a load of RAF reg fannies going around gobbing off about SL!
 
#12
Whilst Looking for Info on Lt Col Chaundler's drop I found the following site:

Gavin's Paratroopers

You have to use the Google cached version, as the live site has run out of band width!!

It purports to list and detail every Parachute drop that has been made by any army, and it has some very detailed information.

It does mention Chaundler's drop off into water, as well as the kit that was dropped with him. It does not, however mention the RAF Regt going into Sierra Leone!

Well worth taking a few minutes to read it.

Edited to add:

This made me chuckle:

THE RULE OF LGOPs

(LGOP = Little Groups of Paratroopers)

After the demise of the best Airborne plan, a most terrifying effect occurs on the battlefield. This effect is known as the rule of the LGOPs. This is, in its purest form, small groups of pissed-off 19-year-old American Paratroopers. They are well-trained, armed-to-the-teeth and lack serious adult supervision. They collectively remember the Commander's intent as "March to the sound of the guns and kill anyone who is not dressed like you..."

...or something like that. Happily they go about the day's work........
 
#13
They did so - my mate (cringe) tells me so and he is a rock ape uh uh yeah - so there!
 
#14
Gremlin said:
Whilst Looking for Info on Lt Col Chaundler's drop I found the following site:

Gavin's Paratroopers

You have to use the Google cached version, as the live site has run out of band width!!

It purports to list and detail every Parachute drop that has been made by any army, and it has some very detailed information.

It does mention Chaundler's drop off into water, as well as the kit that was dropped with him. It does not, however mention the RAF Regt going into Sierra Leone!

Well worth taking a few minutes to read it.
Of course, the RAF Regt isn't part of any army. The giveaway is in the name.
 
#16
I'm my own biggest fan, but that bloke is a tit. I felt compelled to reply to him. This is a paste-in from my first RumRation post.

LG

Daggerprick wrote;
You might want to mention that a minimum of 20% of every Commando Unit has to be Para trained. How many Para's are Commando trained?

Also mention that each Commando has to be able to deploy a Company group that is airborne.
Also mention the fact that the last operational Parachute jump (Not including SF) was 45 Commando Recce troop in Iraq?

If you are RMR then you should also know that the RMR has its own APJI's Assistant Parachute Jump Instructors.

That should get him to wind his neck in.
Daggerman,

You're a bullshitting idiot.

The highlighted points are pure fantasy.

Within a Commando Unit there are 8 line numbers for BPC trained ranks within Recce Tp. That's all. Your ridiculous notion of a para trained coy gp, or 20% para trained is absolute bollocks. Clearly the closest you've come to the Corps is a ******* 'Meet the Marines'.

End Of Dit.

LG
 
#18
http://216.239.59.104/search?q=cache:SZGGpgHPk4kJ:www.geocities.com/Pentagon/7963/paratrooper.htm

"Worldwide the beret of the Paratroops is bordeaux-red. This goes back to 1944 when a British Paratrooper suffered a head injury through a jumping accident. When he put his olive-green beret onto his head it changed with the colour of his blood into bordeaux-red. It was then decided that the colour should be changed into bordeaux-red because of the fact that Paratroopers have to get along with extreme dangers. Over the years more and more armies in the world copied these berets and so did the Bundeswehr in 1970. The U.S. Army Airborne wears a maroon red beret."

? ? ?

Is this true?
 
#20
flamingo said:
http://216.239.59.104/search?q=cache:SZGGpgHPk4kJ:www.geocities.com/Pentagon/7963/paratrooper.htm

"Worldwide the beret of the Paratroops is bordeaux-red. This goes back to 1944 when a British Paratrooper suffered a head injury through a jumping accident. When he put his olive-green beret onto his head it changed with the colour of his blood into bordeaux-red. It was then decided that the colour should be changed into bordeaux-red because of the fact that Paratroopers have to get along with extreme dangers. Over the years more and more armies in the world copied these berets and so did the Bundeswehr in 1970. The U.S. Army Airborne wears a maroon red beret."

? ? ?

Is this true?

hmm sounds like sh*te too me.

so a bloke spanks in and instead of seeking medical treatment sticks on his beret and then bleeds through it???im sure his RSM would of been happy.

Ive always been told a story of some head shed general trying to make a decision on what colour headdress for the british airborne. He couldn't decide so asked the tom who was 'modelling' the berets to choose. maroon it was then!

a variation on that same story though the general asked his wife who then picked maroon.


who knows??? i dont

Red
 

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