RAF Rgt operational jump (Op SILKMAN Sierra Leone 2001)

#1
At this address

http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafregiment/roles/fieldgunner.cfm

I found the following text describing "life as a field gunner" in the RAF regiment; anybody knows anything about the operational jump which is mentioned there ? I had never heard anything about that jump before and since it's an official RAF page I reckon it can be trusted !

Any info appreciated !

Life As A Field Gunner
SAC Matthew Griffiths
When I passed out from the Trainee Gunner Course in June 1999 I was posted to the Support Weapons Flight on II Squadron RAF Regiment. (...)

In January 2001, I made my first operational jump as part of Operation SILKMAN in Sierra Leone.
 
#2
Sure it wasn't Ex SILKMAN?
 
#4
All I am doing is reading the RAF web page ! But I am sure they know the difference between an Op and an Ex !

Plus, if you read on, it says:

In January 2001, I made my first operational jump as part of Operation SILKMAN in Sierra Leone. I was also selected to represent the RAF Regiment on a long-range reconnaissance patrol course in Belize. Soon after I was deployed on operations again, this time as part of Operation TELIC in Iraq, where we fired our mortars in anger.

"Again" for me means SILKMAN was an Op, not an Ex
 
#5
fantassin said:
All I am doing is reading the RAF web page ! But I am sure they know the difference between an Op and an Ex !
How would the raf distinguish between an operational hotel and an exercise hotel?
 

BrunoNoMedals

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#6
fantassin said:
All I am doing is reading the RAF web page ! But I am sure they know the difference between an Op and an Ex !
So naive...
 
#7
From another RAF webpage

http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafregiment/roles/

Parachute Capability
II Squadron RAF Regiment is a parachute-capable Field squadron and can be used to jump in to capture and secure a landing strip or refuelling point. The Sqn operates as a normal Field Sqn, but its capability is used on specific operations as well, such as Op Silkman in Sierra Leone in 2001. Members of II Sqn are required to pass the arduous Pre-Para Selection course, in order to attend a military parachuting course at RAF Brize Norton.
 
#8
fantassin said:
From another RAF webpage

http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafregiment/roles/

Parachute Capability
Members of II Sqn are required to pass the arduous Pre-Para Selection course, in order to attend a military parachuting course at RAF Brize Norton.
Not like the old days when other RAF trades could pitch up at the Paracute Training School and latch onto a Jumps Course.
 
#9
theoriginalphantom said:
fantassin said:
All I am doing is reading the RAF web page ! But I am sure they know the difference between an Op and an Ex !
How would the raf distinguish between an operational hotel and an exercise hotel?
Star Rating of the Hotel
 
#10
easesprings said:
theoriginalphantom said:
fantassin said:
All I am doing is reading the RAF web page ! But I am sure they know the difference between an Op and an Ex !
How would the raf distinguish between an operational hotel and an exercise hotel?
Star Rating of the Hotel
I think you'll find it's based on the allowances that can be claimed, rather than the hotel rating. :D
 
#11
I was in Sierra Leone when this jump happened and it was not operational in that the RAP had already deployed on the DZ some time before and half BMATT were waiting on the ground as spectators. An example of the warriness displayed is that a member of their medical cover deployed with neither a personal weapon nor webbing as "They weren't on his kitlist."
 
#12
exsniffer said:
I was in Sierra Leone when this jump happened and it was not operational in that the RAP had already deployed on the DZ some time before and half BMATT were waiting on the ground as spectators.
That shows just how Op, this Ex was then doesn't it.
 
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cloudbuster

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#13
"An outfit that believes in their own publicity."

Attributed to a retired Regiment Squadron Leader of my acquaintance.
 
B

blindfire

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#14
cloudbuster said:
"An outfit that believes in their own publicity."

Attributed to a retired Regiment Squadron Leader of my acquaintance.
Load of crap..and i should know.. 2 sqn are roundly hated by every other gunner.. bunch of walts :D out them.. :D
 
#15
I seem to remember that this was a "show of force" - read big timing - onto Lungi Loi airfield well after hostilities ended.

Cue alot of people in blue hats asking "can we wear our wings over our medals then?"

No, no you can't. :roll:
 

oldbaldy

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#16
Bootie went on Silkman in 2000. If he jumped in there in 2001 he was a tad late :roll:
 
#17
It was to show the people of Sierra Leone that they have the capability, if required, to outwalt the West Side Niggaz or Boyz or whatever the **** they were called. A sort of winning over of the hearts & minds using Mo' Walt than you tactics. They all landed to 2PAC, sparked a blunt each and unloaded their 'gats' into the nearest cow/hut before retiring to the Lungi Hilton to stag on until 2230. They then went to bed. I should know, I refused to jump cos they made me take my Oakleys off...
 
#19
WarthogPancake said:
It was to show the people of Sierra Leone that they have the capability, if required, to outwalt the West Side Niggaz or Boyz or whatever the * they were called. A sort of winning over of the hearts & minds using Mo' Walt than you tactics. They all landed to 2PAC, sparked a blunt each and unloaded their 'gats' into the nearest cow/hut before retiring to the Lungi Hilton to stag on until 2230. They then went to bed. I should know, I refused to jump cos they made me take my Oakleys off...
The British Military Man in Africa. I love it. Beers all round.
 

the_boy_syrup

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#20
I completed 8 qualifying parachute jumps in 2000 and was awarded the coveted parachute wings
My first jump with the squadron was made into France
Operation 56 years too late was a complete success
Never mind I'm sure they wil have tee shirts with it on and I'm sure the rest of the big three will point out it's hardly recreating Arnhem when the drop zone is guarded by the Army and Marines

I can see the film now
Sean Connery head of 2 Sqn Raf Reg -
"Once 30 Corps have secured Holland and all my drops zones my Sqn will parachute in and secure two Naffi's and a gym"
 

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