Despliegues de tropas en el Golfo a 07/03/03
The Agence France Presse reported on March 5 that the USNS Bob Hope had transited the Suez Canal headed for Kuwait. The Bob Hope is carrying equipment belonging to the 101st Airborne Division.
Stars & Stripes reported on March 5 that there were 26 cargo vessels in the NAVEUR operating area. This is the most specific number regarding the amount of sealift awaiting approval to make port in Turkey.
There were eight civilian aircraft at Fort Campbell on February 28 with additional aircraft en route. According to The Courier-Journal on February 28, nearly 5,000 soldiers from the 101st had been deployed during the week. The article also reported that roughly eight to twelve flights a day have departed Fort Campbell.
As of 8 AM (eastern) on February 27, 2003 there were roughly 10 civilian aircraft at Fort Campbell preparing to transport the first elements of the 101st Airborne Division from the United States to Kuwait.
According to the Austin American Statesman on March 4, 2003 roughly 450 soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division are currently in the Persian Gulf as an advance team. The soldiers are from a chemical company and an attack helicopter squadron.
Also according to the Austin American Statesman, roughly 3,000 soldiers from the 13th Corps Support Command are already in the region.
A press release from V Corps identifies these additional units as being located or having received orders to the EUCOM AOR: 1-4th Cavalry and 2nd Battalion, 1st Aviation.
500 soldiers from the 122nd Engineer Battalion departed South Carolina on March 3, they joined 80 soldiers already in the Persian Gulf area.
400 soldiers from the 151st Signal Battalion will depart on March 6, 2003 for the Persian Gulf.
Elements of the 5th Special Forces Group are currently in Iraq according to the March 10 edition of Time Magazine. The article goes on to write that the unit has been operating in Iraq for roughly a month.
The 782nd Main Support Battalion has been identified as being with the brigade of the 82nd Airborne in Kuwait.
Officials at Fort Hood released on March 3 that the entire 1st Cavalry Division had received orders to deploy to the Persian Gulf region. The force, numbering some 17,000 soldiers.
MSNBC.com is also reporting on March 3 that the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the entire 1st Armored Division have received orders to deploy to the Persian Gulf region.
Early in the week of February 24 roughly 450 soldiers from the 489th Engineer Battalion headed to Fort Hood prior to a possible deployment to the Persian Gulf. The 489th is associated with III Corps engineer brigade.
The 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment has been identified as having deployed, according to the Associated Press on March 2.
Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division have begun to deploy to the Persian Gulf region. the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment departed on February 25 according to the Fort Riley website. An Associated Press story on March 1 indicates that at least 250 soldiers were involved in the initial deployment of the 1-41st Infantry.
If reports concerning the number of aircraft at Fort Campbell are correct, by February 28, 2003 roughly 12,000 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division have deployed to the Persian Gulf region.
Stars & Stripes reports on March 5 that six attack submarines are present in the NAVEUR operating area.
A report from a the San Diego Union Tribune indicates that the USS Nimitz and its Battle Group will be deploying on Monday, March 3, possibly to the Persian Gulf. However other sources and methods indicate that the actual departure date would be March 1.
On February 28, 2003 the Navy announced that the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group along with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit would deploy on March 4. It would take the Iwo Jima roughly 3 weeks to arrive in the Persian Gulf.
2nd Battalion, 11th Marines has been identified as being in Kuwait according to US News & World Report in their March 10 edition.
Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1 deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch on February 15. It is not clear exactly where the forces are being based from.
Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC) are to be placed under the command of Brigadier Jim Dutton, the commander of Britain's 3 Commando Brigade, according to the Financial Times on March 4, 2003.
Nearly 200 aircraft of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing are in or around Kuwait according to the Philadelphia Inquirer on March 3, 2003.
Additional elements of the 2nd FSSG continue to be identified as being located in Kuwait. According to the Jacksonville Daily News on March 3 the Transportation Services Battalion of the 2nd FSSG has identified.
The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit has received orders to deploy and will depart on or about March 4. It will be on board the Iwo Jima ARG and will take roughly three weeks to arrive in the Persian Gulf.
Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines are currently in Kuwait.
Aircraft from the 23rd Fighter Group based at Pope Air Force Base departed for Southwest Asia on March 4.
According to the Battle Creek Enquirer roughly 100 members of the 110th Fighter Wing departed on March 6 for Southwest Asia. A-10s from the unit departed last week.
300 airmen from the 728th Air Control Squadron departed Eglin Air Force Base for Southwest Asia on March 5.
110 members of the 819th and 219th Red Horse Squadron returned from the Persian Gulf region on March 5.
Two Joint STARS and 50 airmen from the 116th Air Control Wing departed Robins Air Force Base on March 5 headed for the CENTCOM AOR. These airmen joined some 350 people who deployed in January.
The 111th Fighter Wing has received orders to deploy to the Persian Gulf regin. Roughly 140 airmen will be sent directly to Southwest Asia. They departed on March 4.
Ten KC-135s from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing departed for the Middle East on March 5 according to the Associated Press. The deployment brings the total number of airmen from the unit that are in Southwest Asia to 800.
80 Members of the 66th Rescue Squadron, 57th Rescue Squadron and the 757th Maintenance Squadron deployed for the Middle East on March 5.
Six additional B-52s from the 23rd Bomb Squadron have been spotted at RAF Fairford according to USAF Aviation on March 4. This brings the total up to 14 B-52Hs.
300 members of the 133rd Airlift Wing departed on March 4 for the Gulf region, according to the Associated Press on March 4. The 133rd flies C-130s.
Nearly 350 airmen from the 182nd Airlift Wing are either currently deployed or have received orders to deploy in support of an upcoming war with Iraq according to the Associated Press on March 3.
Roughly 500 airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing have been ordered to deploy to Southwest Asia. When the unit will depart is not clear.
Four U-2Ss from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing arrived at RAF Fairford on March 2 according to USAF Aviation.
Eight B-52s arrived at RAF Fairford on March 3. UK Defence Minister Geoff Hoon confirmed on March 4 that the government had given permission for up to fourteen B-52s to be stationed at Fairford. According to USAF Aviation the eight aircraft were from the 23rd Bomb Squadron based at Minot Air Force Base.
Two B-52s from the 2nd Bomb Wing departed Barksdale Air Force Base on February 27 headed for parts unknown. Sources indicate that the bulk of the rest of the Wing should depart the United States in the days ahead.
According to Stars & Stripes on March 1 several aircraft from the 100th Air Refueling Wing and 200 airmen have deployed to a base in the Mediterranean operated by the 401st Air Expeditionary Wing.
Seven KC-135s and roughly 100 airmen from the 92nd Air Refueling Wing deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base on February 27.
According to the Associated Press on March 2, several hundred airmen from the 914th Airlift Wing will begin to deploy to the Persian Gulf region within the coming days. The 914th flies C-130s.
Elements of the 509th Bomb Wing have received orders to deploy to a forward location in preperation for a war against Iraq, according to Reuters on February 27. It is not clear when the deployment will take place or how many aircraft will be involved but previous reports indicate that roughly 12-16 aircraft are to be made available and that multiple aircraft could be located at Diego Garcia, more than the two shelters that are available.
The USCGC Dallas has apparently received orders to deploy to the Persian Gulf region according to the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier on February 27, 2003. The Dallas will join the USCGC Boutwell that has been in the Gulf for some weeks. The Dallas received her orders on February 8 and began to head for the regin. She apparently made a port visit in Bermuda on February 19.
According to the Australian on March 5, 2003 the Australian military has roughly 2,000 personnel in the Gulf region now including 150 SAS troops.
HMCS Fredericton will deploy from Halifax on March 5 for the Persian Gulf region. HMCS Fredericton is replacing the damaged HMCS Iroquois which was to deploy to the region.
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According the Philadelphia Inquirer on March 5 the Saudi Army has deployed several thousand soldiers into Kuwait to defend the state during an upcoming war with Iraq. While a unit identification was not made the vehicles were marked "Jidda".
A chemical warfare company from Slovakia departed on March 2 for Kuwait. 69 soldiers were involved.
According to the Associated Press on March 1 roughly 18,000 to 20,000 British soldiers are in Kuwait and that an additional 6,000 soldiers will arrive in the coming days. This will be virtually all of the British Army deployment.
6th Supply Regiment is in Kuwait at Camp Kuwait, according to the Chicago Tribune on March 2.