Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm
January - May 1991
January 1991, HMH-464, lead by LtCol Ralph Tice, deployed to Saudi
Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield. Eight CH-53E were
disassembled at MCAS Cherry Point and transported by C-5 to Jubayl, SA.
The aircraft were reassembled, operationally tested and the squadron
displaced to Ras Al Ghar on the Persian Gulf. From there, the squadron
displaced to the Location known as "Lonesome Dove" just south of the
Saudi/Kuwait border. The squadron supported Operation Desert Storm,
the liberation of Kuwait. The Condors flew 304 combat sorties, delivered 2,167,150 pounds of cargo and transported 1,686 passengers. After
combat operations were concluded, the squadron displaced to Jubayl, SA
to await strat lift to CONUS. The squadron returned to MCAS New River
in May 1991.