sierra leone Operation Palliser

Sierra Leone

07-may-00    to    15-jun-00

c 1500 British troops were deployed at short notice to support peacekeepers of the UN Assistance Mission to Sierra Leone (UNAMSiL), when Rebel Forces were escalating attacks against Government troops and UNAMSiL peacekeepers. One of its objectives was to undertake a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO). The mission completed when the Rebels were encouraged to return to negotiations. It was followed by a British contingent under Operation Basilica with significant Canadian involvement from Nov 2000, under Operation Sculpture.


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DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
    may00 to jun00 UK 7 squadron Royal Air Force 414 - H-47D Chinook
    may00 to jun00 UK 846 squadron Fleet Air Arm Sea King HC.4
    may00 to jun00 UK 847 squadron Royal Marines Lynx
SA341B Gazelle AH.1
    may00 to jun00 UK 849 squadron Fleet Air Arm sea king
    07may00 to 15jun00 UK 820 squadron Fleet Air Arm sea king
Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

Individual helicopters

Model IDs
Westland Sea King HC.4 ZD627    


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Aircraft Carrier V STOL  Invincible class   Royal Navy R06 HMS Illustrious,
Frigate  Type 22 (Batch 3) Cornwall class   Royal Navy F87 HMS Chatham,
Frigate  Type 23 Duke class   Royal Navy F231 HMS Argyll,
Assault Carrier  Ocean class   Royal Navy L12 HMS Ocean,
Support Ship  Fort II class (1992)   Royal Fleet Auxiliary A388 RFA Fort George,
Support Ship  Fort I class (1978)   Royal Fleet Auxiliary A386 RFA Fort Austin,

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