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  • yemen Operation Balsac

    Democratic Republic of South Yemen

    17-jan-86    to    24-jan-86

    On 17 Jan 1986, after the failure of Russian conciliation to contain the situation, the Marxist state of South Yemen erupted into civil war. Russian, British and French ships converged on the coast to evacuate their nationals.

    HMS Jupiter, HMS Newcastle and RFA Brambleleaf had just left Mombasa from their Armilla Patrol duties and were diverted to Aden to meet with HMS Hydra, HMY Britannia and the P and O vessel mv Diamond Princess to evacuate British nationals.


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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        17jan86 to 24jan86 UK 815 Squadron Fleet Air Arm Lynx

    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

    Individual helicopters

    Model IDs
    Westland Lynx HAS3 ZD265    


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    Guided-Missile Destroyer  Type 42 (Batch 1 and 2) class   Royal Navy D87 HMS Newcastle,
    Frigate  Seawolf Leander class   Royal Navy F60 HMS Jupiter,
    Support Ship  Hecla class   Royal Navy A144 HMS Hydra,
    Support Ship  Achéron class   French Navy A620 Jules Verne,

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