lebanon Operation Offcut


05-nov-83    to    26-mar-84

Operation Offcut

Following a massacre of Palestinian refugees, a multi-national force was sent to Lebanon. The UK sent 3 Chinooks from a mixed 7 Sq and 240 OCU team to Akrotiri in Sep 1983 (and a Buccaneer force) under Operation Pulsator, which here, is not distinguished from Offcut operations. After a series of suicide bombings between mid Oct and early Nov 1983, Britain mounted Operation Offcut to protect its peacekeepers (the BRITFORLEB deployment) and nationals in Lebanon, as part of a wider Multi-National Force (with US, UK, French & Italian components).


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DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
    sep83 to feb84 UK 7 Squadron Royal Air Force CH-47C Chinook
    sep83 to feb84 UK 240 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force SA330 Puma
CH-47C Chinook
    nov83 to mar84 UK 815 Squadron Fleet Air Arm Lynx
    11jan84 to 23mar84 UK 846 Squadron Fleet Air Arm Sea King HC.4

Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

Individual helicopters

Model IDs
Westland Sea King HC.4 ZA291    
Westland Lynx HAS2 XZ240     XZ735    


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Aircraft Carrier  Clemenceau class   French Navy R98 Clemenceau, French Navy R99 Foch,
Guided-Missile Destroyer  County class   Royal Navy D19 HMS Glamorgan,
Frigate  Type 22 (Batch 1) Broadsword class   Royal Navy F91 HMS Brazen,
Frigate  Broad Beam Leander class   Royal Navy F12 HMS Achilles,
Frigate  Seawolf Leander class   Royal Navy F57 HMS Andromeda,
Landing Ship/Platform Dock  Fearless class   Royal Navy L10 HMS Fearless,
Support Ship  Rover class   Royal Fleet Auxiliary A269 RFA Grey Rover, Royal Fleet Auxiliary A270 RFA Blue Rover,
Support Ship  Reliant class (1983)   Royal Fleet Auxiliary A131 RFA Reliant,

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