Support Helicopter Colours
Picture: A Chinook in overall "Desert Sand" Scheme, on test in the UK prior to deployment.
Nineteen Pumas and personnel of Nos 33 Squadron, Benson, and 230 Squadron, Gutersloh, were moved by air to Ras Al Ghar during November 1990. The first three Chinooks were moved by air from RAF Mildenhall in early November 1990 to Ras Al Ghar with the remainder following by sea and air during January 1991. As the ground war approached, the aircraft moved to a number of forward locations. Most of these aircraft were painted "Desert Sand" overall, but several of the Chinooks had a striped mottle of black sprayed over this as camouflage for night operations in support of Special Forces units operating inside Iraq.
The Chinooks in theatre came from No 7 and 18 Squadrons.
Chinooks carried out day and night missions.
The Pumas in theatre came from No 33 and 230 Squadrons.
The Puma was used to support the Army.
Puma delivers troops to a forward location.
Pumas at their main base. Here one undergoes a rotor change, beyond it Lynx and Gazelle helicopters of the Army Air Corps are visible.