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1 Squadron RAF Regiment 1st Gulf War Anniversary

To commemorate 30 years since Op GRANBY Number 1 Squadron RAF Regiment remembers their time during the conflict.

The Squadron, then based at RAF Laarburch in Germany, deployed on the operation from January to March 1991. Below is a more detailed account of their involvement

  • 16 Jan 91 – members of A and B Flight plus an element of the Squadron Headquarters deploy to Muharreq airfield in Bahrain.
     
  • Jan 91 - C Flt deployed to Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia along with elements of the RAF Support Helicopter Force before deploying to King Khalid Military City (KKMC). Later joined by A and B Flight.
     
  • Early February 1991 saw B Flight taking over operations at KKMC protecting the Puma and Sea King main operating bases whilst the rest of the Squadron moved North with the CVR(T) that had arrived from RAF Laarbruch along with the forward elements of the Support Helicopter force to await the start of the ground war.
     
  • On the 26 February, elements of the Squadron moved across the border through ‘the breech’ into Iraq. Flt Lt Brunt’s (callsign 41C) Combat Fighting Group was the first across, followed by the Squadron Commander’s (Sqn Ldr Hughes) Rover Group.
     
  • By 28 February, the Allied offensive came to a halt and the Squadron combat fighting group prepared to withdraw. Fortunately, the only Iraqis encountered at this stage were more interested in surrendering than fighting.
     
  • 1 March, A and C combat fighting group escorted the Support Helicopter Force into Kuwait to a position just north of Kuwait City, with A Flt taking the lead.  At this point, B combat fight group remained in Saudi Arabia, assisting in the collection and handling of Iraqi prisoners of war.
     
  • On the 7 March, the Sqn regrouped at Al Jubayl prior to recovery back to Muharraq on the 14 March. The Squadron main party returned to RAF Laarbruch on the 17 March 1991.

Number 1 Squadron was subsequently awarded the battle honour ‘Gulf 1991’ and is the only RAF Regiment Squadron entitled to emblazon it on the Squadron Standard.

Jan 1991. Flt Sgt Lavery Stands by a Spartan CVR(T), being loaded onto a C-130 Hercules in RAF Germany for transportation to the Gulf
Jan 1991. Flt Sgt Lavery Stands by a Spartan CVR(T), being loaded onto a C-130 Hercules in RAF Germany for transportation to the Gulf
Jan 1991. An A or B Flt Land Rover patrolling past RAF Tornados in the ‘Dutch barns’ at Muharraq, Bahrain
Jan 1991. An A or B Flt  Land Rover patrolling past RAF Tornados in the ‘Dutch barns’ at Muharraq, Bahrain
Jan 1991. Cpl O’Shea watches an RAF Tornado at Muharraq, Bahrain
Jan 1991. Cpl O’Shea watches an RAF Tornado at Muharraq, Bahrain
Jan 1991. A 1 Sqn patrol by a USMC C-130 on the Muharraq runway
Jan 1991. A 1 Sqn patrol by a USMC C-130 on the Muharraq runway
Jan 1991. SAC Partington mans a GMPG on a B Flt Land Rover at Muharraq, an RAF VC-10 lands in the background
Jan 1991. SAC Partington mans a GMPG on a B Flt Land Rover at Muharraq, an RAF VC-10 lands in the background
April 1991. Going home. Loading kit on to a Chinook at Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
April 1991. Going home. Loading kit on to a Chinook at Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Exact date unknown. 1 Sqn Scorpion CVR(T)s moving up the line somewhere in the Saudi/Iraqi desert
Exact date unknown. 1 Sqn Scorpion CVR(T)s moving up the line somewhere in the Saudi/Iraqi desert
Feb 1991. Preparing the vehicles for war in the Saudi Desert
Feb 1991. Preparing the vehicles for war in the Saudi Desert
March 1991. Flt Lt McGregor and SAC Adam pose in front of the Sultan command vehicle at the helicopter site just north of Kuwait City, Kuwait
March 1991. Flt Lt McGregor and SAC Adam pose in front of the Sultan command vehicle at the helicopter site just north of Kuwait City, Kuwait
Feb 1991. Members of B Flt pose by a downed Tornado near King Khalid Military City, Saudi Arabia
Feb 1991. Members of B Flt pose by a downed Tornado near King Khalid Military City, Saudi Arabia
Feb 1991. Members of 1 Sqn pose near a road sign near the recently re-captured Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait
Feb 1991. Members of 1 Sqn pose near a road sign near the recently re-captured Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait
Jan-March 1991. A 1 Sqn Land Rover patrol somewhere in the desert
Jan-March 1991. A 1 Sqn Land Rover patrol somewhere in the desert

Images courtesy of Fg off Edward Payne from 1 Sqn

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