The Somalis would drag the dead of Super 64’s crew as well as Gordon and Shughart thru the streets of Mogadishu for the next several days. March 2, 2002, was a black day for the 160th SOAR and American special operations in general. Fallujah has been retaken by the Marines during the operation Phantom Fury. On the third request, they put down and secured Durant and moved him to the edge of a building. America’s finest warriors were after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the then-leader and self-proclaimed “caliph” of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist organization. Now-famous raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan was launched from Afghanistan. On October 3, 1993 the mixed team of D-Boys and Rangers were inserted at the Bakara Market in order to capture two Aidid’s associates. Photos courtesy: US Army unless otherwise noted. One of the Rangers from Chalk Four, PFC Todd Blackburn fell off the rope and suffered serious back and neck injuries and required immediate evacuation. The two Delta snipers were alone. On October 6, a Delta operator, SFC Matt Rierson was killed by a stray mortar shell that landed on the base. This mission has become known as the Battle of Mogadishu and also known as the Black Hawk Down incident, and as Battle of Bakara Market. The Black Hawk was forced to return to the base. The 'Night Stalkers' 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment) held an Operation Gothic Serpent Reunion on Oct 3, 2018, and Unical was invited to attend with our former SOAR UH-60, 'Super 65'. Suddenly an RPG round hit the side of the aircraft, but unlike Razor 3 the night before Razor 1 was too badly damaged to limp away and crashed on the mountain top, badly wounding many Rangers and both pilots. There a mixture of Delta operators and Rangers began what was characterized as the Mogadishu Mile. On 8 August 1993, Aidid's militia detonated a remote controlled bomb against a U.S. Army vehicle, killing four Military Police soldiers. One soldier was hit by gunfire but survived. Super 68 then suffered an RPG hit that severely damaged the helicopter and they peeled off. Nicknamed … The battle of Mogadishu (Maalintii Rangers) was part of Operation Gothic Serpent. Although badly damaged, Super 68 made it safely back to the base. Shughart crawled back to Durant and gave him Gordon’s rifle. It consists of three battalions, two white and one “black” ( for classified missions ). Nearly two pages of detailed information on the history of the 160th SOAR (A), covering the unit’s formation and subsequent involvement in Operations URGENT FURY, PRIME CHANCE, and GOTHIC SERPENT. Loading...

The events of the battle later were adapted to film in Black Hawk Down (2001). He retired from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 Blackhawk helicopter Master Aviator in the 160th SOAR after participating in combat operations Prime Chance, Just Cause, and Desert Storm, and also Gothic Serpent, in which he was briefly held prisoner in 1993 after a raid in Somalia. Eventually, their bodies were recovered. The next morning two more MH-47E’s, Razors 1 and 2 approached the mountaintop with members of a Ranger Quick-Reaction Force. In May 1993, all the parties involved in the civil war agreed to a disarmament conference pr… He then went to the front of the helicopter and held off the mob for another 10 minutes. First Black Hawk Shot Down: At approximately 16:20, Black Hawk callsign Super 61 piloted by CW3 Cliff “Elvis” Wolcott and CW3 Donovan Briley, was shot down by an RPG. If they had any kind of armored vehicles, the roadblocks could have easily been swept aside. Operation Gothic Serpent was a military operation conducted by United States special operations forces during the Somali Civil War with the primary mission of capturing faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The operation occurred in Somalia from August to October 1993 and was supervised by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Here is a podcast of a recent discussion on an Irish radio channel that examines the "Gothic Serpent" operation. Two weeks later, another bomb injured seven more. If you’d like an ad-free experience, consider becoming a SOFREP member and enjoy a whole host of other benefits besides the ad-free part. During the ten days they participated in the operation, these four helicopters worked in conjunction with 5 USAF MH-53J and transported more than 2,500 civilians to safety. As this ceremony was about to commence, a large number of Delta operators in civilian clothes came, many of those who were there in Mogadishu, to give the General a nice sendoff. The United States Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), also known as Night Stalkers, is a special operations force of the United States Army that provides helicopter aviation support for general purpose forces and special operations forces. Two men of the 10th Mountain would be killed during the relief convoy operation as well as two Malaysian soldiers and a Pakistani. But there were too many and they soon engulfed. Durant was the only survivor. On 20 January 1993, Bush's successor, Bill Clinton, took office. Air Force Pararescuemen and Combat Controllers from the 24th Special Tactics Squadron. Sweepstakes: Enter to win $4,000 in prizes →, Today we remember the men of Operation Gothic Serpent who fought and died on the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia in what later became popularly known from the title of a book and film as “Black Hawk Down”. In April of 1996 members of 3-160 (A) proved the skill and dedication that characterizes the members of the 160th SOAR. Two other Blackhawks were heavily damaged that day but managed to crash land back at their base. [1280 x … The plan was that Delta operators would assault the target building (using MH-6 Little Bird helicopters) and secure the targets inside the building while four Ranger chalks (under CPT Michael D. Steele’s command) would fast rope down from MH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. Super 62 stayed overhead providing fire support until they too were hit by an RPG. Q4 SOFREP Sweepstakes - Over $4,000 in prizes - Click here for more information → That’s when all hell broke loose. They serve also as the main ride for Tier 1 units. The mission’s primary objective was capturing faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid. During the operation, one MH-60L/M Blackhawk crash-landed in the courtyard with no casualties. He retired on August 1, 1996. The operation began with the departure of … The unit pilots had been involved in almost every U.S. ground combat operation since Vietnam. We understand ads might not be why you’re here, but our ad revenue is one of the ways we keep the lights on and our veteran writing staff paid. The Rangers were supposed to fast rope on all four corners of the target building, but Chalk Four was put down a block north of the target and was attempting to move on foot to the target when heavy ground fire prevented their linkup. My latest build is of one of the aircraft that participated in Operation Gothic Serpent (OGS, Somalia, 3-4 OCT '93), the true story that inspired the book and movie Black Hawk Down.Super 65 was an MH-60A DAP-capable aircraft (though not outfitted as a DAP for OGS), tail #83-23887 with "Heavy Metal" on its engine cowls in an OD Green color. Included in that were Aidid’s foreign minister Omar Salad Elmi and his top political advisor, Mohamed Hassan Awale The assault force consisted of nineteen aircraft, twelve vehicles (including nine Humvees), and 160 men. In the end, it would last much longer. The convoy had over 100 vehicles including M-48 Pakistani tanks, Condor Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), as well as Cobra gunships assigned to the 10th Mountain Division. Sat, Oct 03. The operation resulted with the death of Osama bin Laden. Durant was released 11 days later. 2005. C Co. 41st Engineer Bn. In June of 1990, they have redesignated the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). MH-60L, 90-26288, Operation Gothic Serpent There are sufficient markings to replicate at least five aircraft from this set, more if you can reuse some of the stenciling from the original kits. Description: 2004. Followers 3. The operation occurred in Somalia from August to October 1993 and was supervised by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). The helicopter was supporting U.S. efforts to train and advise the Armed Forces of the Philippines in their efforts against global terrorism. They have deployed in Operations URGENT FURY and JUST CAUSE (Invasion of Panama) as well as Operation DESERT SHIELD and Operation DESERT STORM. October 3, 2016 marks the 23rd anniversary of Operation Gothic Serpent and the Battle of Mogadishu – a humanitarian operation that turned into a military operation where American troops would literally be in the fight of their lives while we all watched horror of it all in real time. The Night Stalkers were part of a U.S. A Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) team in Black Hawk Super 68, led by Air Force Pararescueman TSgt Scott Fales, fast-roped down to Super 61’s crash site and immediately set up a triage for the wounded crew chiefs. The ceremony was held at the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) facility, located on Ft. Bragg's installation in North Carolina. In addition, they have increased weapons and armor to enable them to survive the harder missions in enemy fire. The 160th SOAR AH-6 Little Birds pilots saved God knows how many US soldiers lives in Operation Gothic Serpent aka Black Hawk Down by their all-night gun strafing runs and rocket pods whereby both Rangers and Delta were held up waiting hours for an armored convoy to come and rescue them from the downed helicopter crash site! Also included, is a full set of stencils for one MH-60L and one AH/MH-6, including rocket pod stencils for the AH-6Js. It was the seventh raid in Mogadishu after six were conducted without any casualties. Operation Kayla Mueller was ongoing. They also are starting to use more unmanned (UAVs) such as the Unmanned Little Bird MH-6X MELB /AH-6I and the armed drone MQ-1C Gray Eagle providing Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities that can fly and loiter on target for 25+ hours. The Rangers would secure the defensive perimeter around the target building to isolate it and ensure that no members of Aidid’s militia could get in or out. There are limited pictures and video from Task Force Ranger’s deployment to Somalia, also known as Operation Gothic Serpent, in general. The Nightstalkers were also the first Army aviators to be DLQ’d (Deck Landing Qualified), allowing them to operate from Navy ships (which they did in preparation for the canceled invasion of Haiti). Star 41 evacuated SSG Busch and SGT Smith, though SSG Busch later died of his injuries, being shot four times while defending the crash site. In 1993 two MH-60L Blackhawks were shot down over Mogadishu, Somalia, with the loss of three pilots and another becoming a bargaining chip. The Little Bird helicopters that put the Delta operators on the ground kicked up so much dust that one of them was forced to go around and land out of position. RIP MSG. Dawn was just beginning to break as Razor 1 began it’s landing from the south. Somali casualties differ widely depending on the source but were anywhere between 350-1000 dead and another 1000+ wounded. Gordon and Shughart kept a large mob of militia at bay inflicting heavy casualties on them. General Garrison accepted full responsibility for the mission and ended his career as the Commander of the USAJFKSWC. The discussion includes a contribution from Dan Schilling who was on the ground on October 3rd. After a short standoff, he killed himself alongside two of his children activating the suicide west. There were big smiles and high fives all around…. 1 Geography@HSPVA Battle of Mogadishu (1993) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Part of Operation Gothic Serpent and the Somali Civil War The Battle of Mogadishu, more commonly referred to as Black Hawk Down or, locally, as the Day of the Rangers (Somali: Maalintii Rangers), was part of Operation Gothic Serpent and was fought on 3 and 1993 - Somailia - Operation Gothic Serpent A small number of SEAL Team Six operators are among US SOF deployed to Somalia as Task Force Ranger. There is a membership fee of $160 and annual dues each year after you become an approved member. 1st SFOD-D, US Army | KIA Oct 3rd. The Rangers arrive in Fallujah to relieve the Corps. The operation was supervised by the JSOC. Operation Gothic Serpent was a military operation conducted by United States special operations forces with the primary mission of capturing warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. Relief Convoy: Garrison put together an ad-hoc relief convoy consisting of Task Force 2–14 Infantry, 10th Mountain Division, accompanied by Malaysian and Pakistani U.N. forces. It is fitting that on the 20th anniversary of the founding of what we now know as the 160th SpeciaJ Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) "Night Stalkers" we honor the many brave soldiers who have served in this unit. Operation Gothic Serpent Memorial Ride . They organized for this mission as Task Force Ranger and It consisted of various special operations units from Army, Air Force, and Navy Special Operations Forces: Their mission on October 3, was to plan and conduct an operation to move to the center of Mogadishu with the aim of capturing the leaders of the Habr Gidr clan, led by Mohamed Farrah Aidid. An MH-47E Chinook crashed in April of 1996 after suffering electrical failure, with the loss of five 160th SOAR Members. 8/26 is the 23rd anniversary of the 160th arriving in Somalia. Operation Gothic Serpent (Black Hawk Down) Operation Gothic Serpent (Black Hawk Down) By Cap Camouflage Pattern I, July 7 ... Raymond Alex Frank - 160th SOAR, US Army| KIA Oct 3rd. The infil and exfil has been done by the 160th SOAR (A) using eight military helicopters, including Boeing MH-47 Chinooks and Sikorsky MH-60L/M Blackhawks, Table of Contents HistoryWorld War IIKorean and Vietnam warsPeacekeeping and War on terrorOperational structure and organization Despite the…, Table of Contents USMC ANGLICO OrganizationDivision CellBrigade PlatoonSupporting Arms Liaison Battalion (SALT)Firepower Control Team (FCT)Training of USMC ANGLICO…, If someone ask me what is my opinion about the most capable unit in the United States military,…, Table of Contents HistoryOrganizationMarine Special Operations Team (MSOT)MARSOC’s selection and training As a service component of USSOCOM, MARSOC…, Operation Gothic Serpent (Mohamed Farah Aidid), Operation Neptune Spear (Osama Bin Laden), Operation Kayla Mueller (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi), neutralize a target using Night Vision Google’s, he killed himself alongside two of his children activating the suicide west, United States Air Force Special Reconnaissance, MARSOC – component command of the US SOCOM. Everyone aboard Super Six Four, with the exception of pilot Michael Durant, died during the battle of Mogadishu on October 3rd, 1993 while taking part in Operation Gothic Serpent. They informed him that Aidid had been killed earlier that day. He retired on August 1, 1996. Nightstalker members and aircraft have seen action all over the world in support of US forces. Those pilots are the best pilots in the world capable of flying at any time, under any circumstances. During the movement to the site, Delta operator SFC Earl Fillmore was killed. Four Rangers, CPL Jamie Smith, SP4 James Cavaco, SGT James Joyce, and SGT Richard Kowalewski were killed on the Lost Convoy. They flew to Mogadishu and began a manhunt for Aidid. Taking murderous fire, they were pinned down in the building around the crash site and were unable to move. Garrison put together an ad-hoc relief convoy consisting of Task Force 2–14 Infantry, 10th Mountain Division, accompanied by Malaysian and Pakistani U.N. forces. In the 'Black Hawk Down' incident, made famous in print and in a major hollywood movie, 2 SOAR MH-60s were shot down during a TF Ranger mission to arrest Somalian militia leaders Super 68 then suffered an RPG hit that severely damaged the helicopter and they peeled off. The Somalis would drag the dead of Super 64’s crew as well as Gordon and Shughart thru the streets of Mogadishu for the next several days. Thirty aircraft are included on these sheets which covers every Task Force 160th aircraft that was deployed to Somalia as part of OPERATION GOTHIC SERPENT, including the replacement aircraft and maintenance spares. These aircraft are fitted with special avionics to allow them to fly at a low level at night or in inclement weather. © 2020 The SOFREP Media Group. The convoy under McKnight was being directed by LTC Harrell who was in the air to the crash site, but the roadblocks set up by the Somali citizens and militia in addition to the heavy fire were keeping the Humvees from finding the location. The convoy had over 100 vehicles including M-48 Pakistani tanks, Condor Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), as well as Cobra gunships assigned to the 10th Mountain Division. Night Stalkers: The elite aviation unit that flies Delta and SEAL operators, At approximately 16:20, Black Hawk callsign Super 61 piloted by CW3 Cliff “Elvis” Wolcott and CW3 Donovan Briley, was. They were able to do this by using only their Night Vision goggles. Confusion reigned as both the ground and assault teams were under the impression that they were waiting for the other to give the call to exfil and 20 valuable minutes were lost. The crew of Super Six Four in Somalia, 1993. The mission would become the subject of … Q4 SOFREP Sweepstakes - Over $4,000 in prizes - Click here for more information →, Sweepstakes: Enter to win $4,000 in prizes →, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment under the command of Captain Michael D. Steele, C Squadron, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D) under the command of Lt Col Gary L. Harrell. The helicopter was en route from Basilan Island to Mactan, in the Philippines, when it crashed. Although staffed by dedicated members and sporting the latest technology, the Nightstalkers have not been without loss. Navy SEALs from the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU). ... the 160th SOAR and the 1st SFOD-D for what they did in Somalia Forums Topic: - Armaholic forums - BI forums - Fallujah - ADuke's Helo pack - ArmA2 Durant was released 11 days later. The 160th SOAR operates a group of highly modified aircraft in their missions. RIP SGT. If you're a fan of the Little Bird or other special mission aircraft of the 160th … Will include a five man crew with custom desert camouflaged uniforms and appreciate load out. The Night Stalkers fled 5 helicopters full of operators belonging to the JSOC (Seal Team 6, CIA SAS). SSG Daniel Busch and SSG Jim Smith, both Delta snipers, survived and set up a defense around the downed bird. Then out of ammunition he too was killed. Durant was beaten badly but survived and taken prisoner. Only air support and the supreme effort of the other members of the QRF who’d advanced 2,000 vertical feet under fire after having been dropped off in a safer position below saved the crew and passengers of Razor 1. At 1542 hours the assault began, and immediately things began to go wrong. Gary Ivan Gordon - C Sqn. The country was wracked by civil war and a severe famine as it was ruled by a number of faction leaders. The operation was intended to last no longer than one hour. To comment on this article please login or create an account. Two MH-47E’s from 2nd Bat were inserting observation teams in the southern end of the Shah-e-Kot Valley. The first stage of the assault went well, then things suddenly changed. On the third request, they put down and secured Durant and moved him to the edge of a building. In the firefight, two Black Hawk helicopters operated by the Night Stalkers were shot down. To make matters worse the right-hand door gunner, Sgt Phil Svitak had been hit by AK-47 fire just before the crash and died soon thereafter. The Tier 1 operators have done hundreds, thousands of missions so far, being inserted or extracted by the birds fled by Night Stalkers. These aircraft were reassembled on-location and flew their first missions only 72 hours after they had first been notified. Super 64 ready for action! 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