On this date in U.S. Army SOF history…..11 Jun 1988 – Operation MOUNT HOPE III recovers Soviet helicopter in Africa.
Operation Mount Hope III was a secret American operation to capture a crashed Soviet-made Mil Mi-25 “Hind-D” attack helicopter. The aircraft had crashed and been abandoned in the conflict between Libya and Chad. In 1988 two U.S. MH-47 Chinooks of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment flew almost 500 miles (800 km) at night to the site and retrieved the helicopter without being detected. The mission was conducted entirely within Chad, with the approval of the government of Chad.
Special operations soldiers from Croatia, Hungary and Poland form a defensive perimeter after departing from a U.S. Army MH-47 Chinook helicopter, assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, during fast rope insertion/extraction system training as part of the Jackal Stone 2009 exercise held in in Kovachevo, Croatia. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, enhanced the capabilities and interoperability of the participating soldiers.
U.S. Army Rangers from 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, loading up on a MH-47 Chinook helicopter for a night operation training at Fort Knox, Ky., April 22. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Arthur Ruepong, 55th Signal Company)
Rangers from B Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, practice Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction (FRIES) out of an MH-47 & MH-60 from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during 2nd Battalion’s Task Force Training at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash., March 27, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Connor Mendez)
U.S. Air Force airman from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron jump out of the back of a MH-47 Chinook helicopter at Wynnehaven Beach, Florida. The 23rd STS partnered with 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) to conduct personnel recovery training using alternate infiltration and exfiltration techniques.
The 160th SOAR, also known as “Night Stalkers,” is a special operations force of the U.S. Army that provides helicopter aviation support for general purpose and special operations forces. The 23rd STS performs austere airfield control, terminal attack control, personnel rescue and recovery, assault zone assessment, battlefield trauma care, direct action and special reconnaissance.
(U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway, 9 APR 2013.)