Skip to comments.SAS 'Blades' rescue 150: Crack helicopter commandos snatch terrified Britons from desert(Libya)
Posted on 02/26/2011 3:43:24 PM PST by nuconvert
SAS troops last night staged a dramatic evacuation of 150 civilian workers from the Libyan desert.
The Special Forces soldiers landed in two C130 Hercules military transport aircraft on a landing strip near remote oilfields south of the eastern port of Benghazi.
The SAS men known as blades because of their role at the sharp end of the mission had flown from Maltas Valletta airport, where, in meticulous detail, they planned the rescue of the stranded workers, many of them British.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Not as impressive as the way Soetor0 sent a small catarmaran to save 3 Americans lol
Long ago, I remember a similar mission. Iran. Jimmy’s forces. C-130, CH-53, etc......tragic. Things are in much better shape now.
Libya is where they started.
Note to oil executive: Always build an airfield next to oil fields in unstable country.
I bet those C-130s were crowded.
Great, while they’re at it, could they fly over to Iran and cap a few of the regime members there?
Meanwhile, Obama sends a bass boat to rescue Americans. What competence.
Rescue mission: A ferry charted by the U.S. government docks in Malta after transporting U.S., French and Canadian citizens from Libya
The biggest losers were the Canadians. They chartered a plane, sent it to Libya, and then took off again before anyone could get on it. A total failure of planning, implementation, and execution.
now THAT is how you get things done in the modern world!!!!
Yeah, for sure. And, still no carrier group in the Mediterranean. Go figure...
“This isn’t America’s fight.”
It is America’s fight to evacuate her citizens in foreign countries when those governments descend into anarchy.
The Brits seem to have accomplished this flawlessly.
Sweet....thanks for the ping friend.
What a contrast..in terms of size, Britain’s armed forces are a shadow of what they once were, but in terms of training and skill, they have few peers.
Before the SAS rescue operation, the Royal Navy sailed one of its warships into a Libyan port and evacuated the first contingent of Brits. Then, the SAS expertly handled the task of rescuing those oil workers in remote sections of the Libyan desert. And I’m quite certain the SAS “met no resistance.” Mummar’s thugs and mercs know that messing with the SAS is quick ticket to an early demise.
Meanwhile, Barry and Hillary rent a ferry to evacuate Americans from Libya, and it had to remain in port for several days before actually setting sail for Malta. Apparently, the U.S. Navy’s lone destroyer in the Med was elsewhere, and Obama was afraid to duplicate the British naval evacuation, lest he upset Qadhaffi and his good friend, “Calypso Louie” Farrakhan.
What many don’t realize is that the U.S. has a huge SOF presence in Djibouti. Not exactly a short flight to Libya, but the assets necessary for a rescue mission can be easily deployed from Djibouti to Malta, Sicily, Italy, or other locations in that region. MC-130s, AC-130s, HC-130s plus Green Berets, SEALs, Air Force pararescuemen, combat controllers (and more), just waiting for orders that never came.
No, the British mission was NOT flawless. They had to pray bribes to let airplanes land. The flights were delayed because the government dithered in dispatching. If there was a flawless operation, and I doubt it, it was the French operation.
At least it was probably earth friendly and powered by 100% ethanol. The citizens were lucky that the Kenyan bothered to do anything at all. Those missionaries on the yacht didn’t rate any help.
To be fair to the USN, they also probably have their hands full dealing with the situation in Egypt and the whole Iranians sending ships through the Suez Canal thing...
the Chinese and others send in warships for their people..with troops and weapons. (We already had warships in the Mediterranean.)
But WE send them a small puddle hopper ferry - that couldn't leave port for 3 days due to high seas. Thew could have been taken hostage at any time - and how does the crew of the ferry fight back?
I hears that oblunder didn't want to send in our warship because he didn't want it to appear a provocation.
Oh, okay then.
tell that to the Chi-town street gang in the WH - and then reread your sentence 3 weeks from now.
By the time all of the Foreign nations have their people out of Libya, there isn’t anyone going to be left to do any of the work.
Let’s face facts. If Libyans where the hard-working productive sons of guns they want people to believe they are, then why do they need so many foreigners in the Country in the first place?
These evacuations are going to completely shut Libya down. Libyan Arab tribesmen be slaughtering each other over water to drink in a couple of weeks, much less worrying about oil to sell....
Disagree...we had most of a Navy/Marine Corps amphibious group in the Red Sea, and the USS Enterprise battle group in the same area—more than enough to launch NEO ops in Egypt, or keep the Suez Canal open, if need be.
As the Brits demonstrated, you can evacuate a fair number of people by air, w/o naval support. And the UK’s list of available assets pales in comparison to what we have. But the Brits had one thing we lacked: a leader with the resolve to us his military assets to remove British citizens from Libya.
The Weekly Standard has a great article on our “ferry evacuation,” noting that Obama’s impotent response is even below that of Jimmy Carter’s during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Painful, but true.
That was the civil chartered aircraft in Tripoli. Everybody that went through Tripoli had to pay bribes in order to get out. Those C-130s didn’t seek permission to go into rescue the oil workers.
We have to keep them in the gulf to protect the Saudi overlords,
The fluid nature of war requires adapting to changes. Bribes, etc. were adaptations that resulted in a flawless evacuation.
Unlike our own pathetic administration’s attempts at an evac.
It was reported that they were being protected by American security of some kind.
What exactly is the fault with that? Unethical financial dealings? LOL
With 0bambi at the helm sending in an American warship is a provocation.
When China sends a warship it is intimidation.
got a point there!
"Do ya feel lucky, punk? Well, do ya?"
Even a nut like Mallow Mar isn't stupid enough to think that China would be bluffing.
I wonder how much more the MoD will have to cut to pay for this operation?
"Some kind" How assuring.
Let's see, the Chinese sent in a war ship, the English and Italians, C-130's, the Germans, a Navy ship with helicopters, Bosnian government sent two planes to Libya to evacuate about 275, Greece sent planes, The Netherlands a C-130, The Russians, etc etc.
And we sent a small ferry that couldn't head out on the sea for 3 harrowing days.
They sure have those gun turrets ts on that ferry well hidden. Good thing the rebels were too busy to attack - they might have met a barrage of heavy gunfire.
America can stand proud. 'sarq'
It's also reported that we have a president - "of some kind."
(Or did you leave off the 'sarq?')
C-130s? How bout a Spectre mission over some hideouts, and rolloff some daisycutters for good measure. But Barry is not down with the program; HRC will scare the crap out of them by opening up the industrial grade barrel of “smart power.”
The Daily Mail called the British operation “Carry On Follow That Camel.”
I was just correcting your one statement, letting you know that they weren’t being protected by the crew of the ferry, but armed Americans. I don’t know whether they were soldiers, or what, I didn’t hear.
I read the Chinese sent in buses and chartered boats like the Americans did. Where did you hear they sent in warships, troops and weapons?
Who Dares Wins.
Superbly well done.
Second rescue mission was conducted today.
I wonder if any were Americans. Our diplomat said that she knew of at least 90 Americans who wanted to leave Fri. on that ferry and couldn’t.
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