PAVE LOW Operations

The Sikorsky MH-53J/M PAVE LOW helicopter began its operational career in 1979.
Click here for the first PAVE LOW operational mission.

Below is a list of operations it has participated in:

YearOperationDetails
1980Pilot RescuePrivate pilot crashed near ABQ. First PAVE LOW mission!
1980HONEY BADGER2nd attempt of Iran Hostage Rescue (Plan & Practice)
1989-1990JUST CAUSECapture of Manuel Noriega in Panama
1990-1991DESERT SHIELDDefense of Saudi Arabia from invasion of Iraqi forces
1991DESERT STORMLiberation of Kuwait from Iraqi forces
1991-1992DESERT CALMRedeployment of Coalition forces following Gulf war
1991FIERY VIGILEvacuation of Clark Air Force Base
1991PROVIDE COMFORTHumanitarian operations in northern Iraq
1991-1992SCIMITAR SWEEP353rd SOW Provisional support
1991-1996PROVIDE COMFORT IIShow of force to deter Iraqi attacks on the Kurds
1992DENY FLIGHTEnforce no-fly zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina
1992-1994PROVIDE PROMISEHumanitarian operations in Sarajevo
1992-2003SOUTHERN WATCHEnforce no-fly zone over Iraq below 32nd parallel
1993-1999ABLE SENTRYMonitor the Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia
1994RESTORE DEMOCRACYRemoval of Haiti's military-backed government
1994UPHOLD DEMOCRACYEstablish order and provide humanitarian services
1995DELIBERATE FORCESustained air strikes against Bosnian Serb military targets
1995JOINT ENDEAVORPeacekeeping forces in Bosnia
1996Secretary Brown RecoveryRecovery of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 34 others
1996ASSURED RESPONSEEvacuation of 2444 (485 Americans) people from Liberia
1997-2003NORTHERN WATCHEnforce no-fly zone over Iraq above 36th parallel
1997SILVER WAKENEO in Albania
1997BEVELED EDGENoncombatant evacuation operations in Cambodia
1998DESERT THUNDERShow of force during negotiations between UN & Iraq over WMD
1998DESERT FOXResponse to Iraq's non-comply w/ UNSC resolutions
1998JOINT GUARDMonitoring former warring factions of Bosnia-Herzegovina
1999ALLIED FORCEContingency response for compliance of UNSC Resolution
1999SHINING HOPEHumanitarian operations in Albania
2000ATLAS RESPONSEHumanitarian operations in Mozambique
2001NOBLE EAGLE9/11 - Homeland defense & civil support response
2001-2004ENDURING FREEDOMResponse in Afghanistan to 9/11 terrorist attack
2003-2008IRAQI FREEDOMDisarming Iraq of WMD & remove Regime
2004SECURE TOMORROWStabilization response to the upheaval in Haiti
2005JTF KATRINADisaster relief efforts for hurricane Katrina
2006LEBANON NEONoncombatant evacuation operations in Lebanon

“We’ve Seen a Million Faces”

John Grove Memorial

John Grove’s legacy lives on and not just in the PAVE LOW world. John helped fund Bless the Children, an international organization helping the poorest children of the world who are living under extreme conditions. He did this with his own retirement check! After his passing, several other caring PAVE guys stepped in to help out. In short, Bless The Children is looking for annual donations in order to provide a minimum of $2000 a month towards his memorial fund.

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