Oct 4

Views from Somalia

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 12:37 PM

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On 3–4 October 1993, 19 U.S. servicemembers were killed and many more wounded in the Battle of Mogadishu—a raid on a Somali marketplace to capture two lieutenants of warlord Mohamed Farrah Hassan Aidid that went horribly wrong. United Nations Operations in Somalia had been ongoing since early 1992 in an effort to stabilize the region wracked by civil war, but the fallout from the mission, chronicled in Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, ultimately led to the reevaluation of the United Nations Operation in Somalia and to the eventual discontinuation of that international intervention. The instability and civil war there have been ongoing ever since.

Recently, the Naval Institute found a cache of more than 400 long-forgotten digital images from that mission in its photo archive. These early digital images, transmitted out of Somlia via INMARSAT satellite transmission terminals, were later compiled onto a CD album and distributed by the Department of Defense. A selection of these images, recovered with their full descriptions, are presented here online as close in their appearance as they would have originally been presented in 1994.

Air Force Combat Camera photojournalist SSgt Regar transmits imagery using an INMARSAT A terminal.

Air Force Combat Camera photojournalist SSgt Regar transmits imagery using an INMARSAT A terminal.

 

A U.S. Army UH-60 Medical Evacuation Helicopter lands on the U.S.S. New Orleans (LPH-11) during a joint service mass casualty exercise held on 18 November 1993. The 46th Medical Task Force conducted the exercise with members of the U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy to determine what actions will be taken in the event of a mass casualty situation during Operation Continue Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. Imagery by Sgt. G.D. Robinson 1st Combat Camera SQ.

A U.S. Army UH-60 Medical Evacuation Helicopter lands on the USS New Orleans (LPH-11) during a joint service mass casualty exercise held on 18 November 1993. The 46th Medical Task Force conducted the exercise with members of the U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy to determine what actions will be taken in the event of a mass casualty situation during Operation Continue Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Sgt. G.D. Robinson 1st Combat Camera SQ)

 

As Somali shoppers watch, U.S. Marines march into Mogadishu, Somalia's Bakara Market to begin a sweep of the market for arms and munitions as part of Operation Nutcracker. The crowded market is the hub of Mogadishu's small arms trade. (Combat Camera Photo by PHCM Terry C. Mitchell, USN)

As Somali shoppers watch, U.S. Marines march into Mogadishu’s Bakara Market to begin a sweep of the area for arms and munitions as part of Operation Nutcracker. The crowded market is the hub of Mogadishu’s small arms trade. (PHCM Terry C. Mitchell, USN)

 

As Somali men work to the unload cargo nets of sacks of wheat, a U.S. Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter delivers another load to a field outside the Somali village of Maleel Jan 23, 1993. The helicopters are flown by the famous "Red Lions" of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 of Tustin, Calif. (Combat Camera Photo by PHCM Terry C. Mitchell, USN)

As Somali men work to unload cargo nets of sacks of wheat, a U.S. Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter delivers another load to a field outside the Somali village of Maleel on 23 January 1993. The helicopters are flown by the famous “Red Lions” of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 of Tustin, California. (PHCM Terry C. Mitchell, USN)

 

A Somali boy picks up a leaflet dropped by the Marines. US Army PSYOPS personnel produce the leaflets, which tell the Somali's that the U.S. is trying to help end their suffering and are here as their friends. Photo by Tsgt Perry Heimer, USAF Combat Camera.

A Somali boy picks up a leaflet dropped by the Marines. U.S. Army PSYOPS personnel produce the leaflets, which tell the Somalis that the U.S. is trying to help end their suffering and are here as their friends. (Tsgt Perry Heimer, USAF Combat Camera)

 

Gunnery Sgt. Charles Restifo, 1st Combat Engineers, 1st MEF, Camp Pendleton, CA, hands out bags of grain from the back end of a 5-ton truck. After the food-for-guns exchanges were done, the surplus grain was handed out to women and old men in an effort to win over the Mogadishu people. Mogadishu has been the most violent and resistant to the US Marine forces. Photos by Tsgt Perry Heimer, USAF Combat Camera.

Gunnery Sgt. Charles Restifo, 1st Combat Engineers, 1st MEF, Camp Pendleton, CA, hands out bags of grain from the back end of a 5-ton truck. After the food-for-guns exchanges were done, the surplus grain was handed out to women and old men in an effort to win over the Mogadishu people. Mogadishu has been the most violent and resistant to the U.S. Marine forces. (Tsgt Perry Heimer, USAF Combat Camera)

 

1ST MEF Marine and a Somali nervously greet each other as the man comes out of his home to see what the Marines are doing. The Marines are very cautious after the killing by snipers a few days ago. Photo by Tsgt Perry Heimer, USAF Combat Camera.

1ST MEF Marine and a Somali nervously greet each other as the man comes out of his home to see what the Marines are doing. The Marines are very cautious after killings by snipers a few days ago. (Tsgt Perry Heimer, USAF Combat Camera)

 

Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Ft. Drum NY, Air Assault into Merca from Baledogle on 31 Dec 92. (Combat Camera Photo by SGT Jeffrey Brady, USA)

Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, Air assault into Merca from Baledogle on 31 December 1992. (SGT Jeffrey Brady, USA)

 

U.S. Marines conduct a building-to-building sweep of the area seized in an early morning raid on Somali Warlord Gen. Aidid's weapons cantonment. As the 6:00 am deadline to surrender the area was ignored, U.S. Marines from Task Force Mogadishu surrounded and then seized the cantonment in the northern part of the capital city of Mogadishu. (Combat Camera Photo by PHCM Terry C. Mitchell, USN)

U.S. Marines conduct a building-to-building sweep of the area seized in an early morning raid on Somali Warlord General Aidid’s weapons cantonment. As the 6:00 am deadline to surrender the area was ignored, U.S. Marines from Task Force Mogadishu surrounded and then seized the cantonment in the northern part of the capital city of Mogadishu. (PHCM Terry C. Mitchell, USN)

 

Sailors and Marines muscle crates of cargo into a U.S. Navy CH-46 "Sea Knight" at the Mogadishu, Somalia, airport. The "Sea Knight" helicopter is from Helicopter Cargo Squadron Eleven (HC-11) of NAS North Island in San Diego, CA, and is deployed aboard the USS Tripoli. The units are part of Joint Task Force Somalia conducting Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. (Combat Camera Photo by PHCM Terry C. Mitchell, USN)

Sailors and Marines muscle crates of cargo into a U.S. Navy CH-46 Sea Knight at the Mogadishu airport. The Sea Knight helicopter is from Helicopter Cargo Squadron Eleven (HC-11) of NAS North Island in San Diego, California, and is deployed on board the USS Tripoli (LPH-10). The units are part of Joint Task Force Somalia conducting Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. (PHCM Terry C. Mitchell, USN)

 

A Casualty of Operation Restore Hope arrives at the Mogadishu airport.

A casualty of Operation Restore Hope arrives at the Mogadishu airport.

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