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  • Operation BAT

    Bahamas, Turks and Caicos


    OPBAT is a combined on going mission by the United States and the Government of Bahamas to combat drug smuggling to and from the caribbean islands. DEA coordinated the operation with the US Department of Defense, US Coast Guard and local authorities

    Between 1983 and 1985 USAF 20th SOS deploy two UH-1N which flew more than 1,100 sorties resulting in the capture of more than $1.5 billion in drugs, vessels, vehicles, aircraft, equipment and weapons.

    US Army aviation end its involvement in the mission in 2007


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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        01may83 to 30sep85 US 20th Special Operations Squadron US Air Force S-65 H-53
        01jan87 to - US Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater US Coast Guard S-70 H-60

    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

    Individual helicopters

    Model IDs
    Bell UH-1N 69-6644    


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