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.
Images courtesy of Fg off Edward Payne from 1 Sqn