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I wanted to know how many vehicles (include their model and which country used it), aircraft and infantry were deployed in Operation Gothic Serpent.

Specific numbers of:

  1. Aircraft and their models.
  2. Vehicles and their models (Oct 3 — US Vehicles and Technical and another separate for Oct 4 vehicles and tanks).
  3. Rangers involved (among 160 men, how many were rangers on Oct 3 then how many more were added for the rescue ops on Oct 4).
  4. Delta operators involved (how many snipers also) .
  5. How many Pakistani and Malaysian infantry were involved on the rescue.

As far as I know, there were 16 helos among 18 aircraft. 8 being the Blackhawks and 8 being the Little Bird attack helicopters.

Vehicles were composed (Oct 3) of at least 9 Humvees, 3 M939 5-Ton Trucks (Oct 4) M48 Tanks, and Condor Armored Vehicles.

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    Can you specify what about the readily available numbers you consider unsatisfactory? You seem to have a rather good idea of what materiel was involved; what exactly is left open to question? – DevSolar Sep 27 '18 at 9:39
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Some of the information that you are interested in is available directly from the Wikipedia page on Operation Gothic Serpent. However, other details do seem to be rather more elusive.

US Forces deployed on 3 October included US Army Delta Force, Rangers, an air element from the 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment (the "Night Stalkers"), four Navy SEALs from SEAL team 6, and US Air Force Para-rescue Combat Controllers.

I've pulled together the information that I can find to answer your specific questions below:


Aircraft and their models.

  • The Air assault force was delivered by four MH-6 Little Bird helicopters & two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters
  • Ranger blocking force was delivered by four MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters
  • Four AH-6 gunship helicopters for CAS
  • One MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with combat search & rescue (CSAR) - designated Super 68
  • Air observation force comprising 3 surveillance helicopters (one OH-58 and two OH-6) and one Navy P3 Orion surveillance aircraft

Giving a total of 19 aircraft:

MH-6 Little Bird

(image source Wikimedia)

  • 4x AH-6 gunship helicopters (attack variant of the MH-6)

  • 7x MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters

MH-60 Black Hawk

(image source Wikimedia)

OH-58 Helicopter

(image source Wikimedia)

Hughes OH-6

(image source Wikimedia)

P3 Orion

(image source Wikimedia)


Vehicles and their models

October 3

  • 3rd Platoon of B Company, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel McKnight, operated the ground convoy of 9x High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs or 'Humvees') and 3x M939 5-Ton Trucks
  • Later in the day, Ground reaction force 2 (GRF2), consisting of 27 Rangers commanded by SSg Strucker led a relief force of 2x M939 5-Ton trucks and 6x 'Humvees'
  • Also later in the day, Company C, from the 10th Mountain Division Quick Reaction Force (QRF) - 150 soldiers (including an engineer squad and a medical team with the battalion surgeon) in 12x 'Humvees' and nine M35 2½-ton trucks

October 4

Sources are unclear about the exact breakdown of US vehicles dispatched with the relief convoy on 4 October. The total number varies between 70 and 100 vehicles depending on the sources consulted.

However, it is clear that a large American force of 'Humvees', M35 2½-ton trucks, and M939 5-Ton trucks was accompanied by 32x Malaysian Condor Armoured Personnel Carriers and 4 Pakistani M48 tanks.


Rangers involved

Three platoons of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment were deployed on 3 October plus 7 Ranger para-rescue specialists deployed with CSAR.

Two platoons of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, commanded by Captain Mike Steele loaded into four MH60Ls to form the blocking chalks.

  • 1st Platoon of B Company, commanded by First Lieutenants Larry Perino (Chalk 1 & Chalk 3)
  • 2nd Platoon of B Company, commanded by First Lieutenant Thomas Di Tomasso (Chalk 2 & Chalk 4)
  • 3rd Platoon of B Company, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel McKnight, operated the ground convoy to exfiltrate the prisoners (and potentially all of the Rangers and Delta)

A further 27 Rangers would subsequently be deployed with Ground reaction force 2 (GRF2).


Delta operators involved

  • An initial 'impact force' of 16 men from the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta force) (one four-man team carried by each MH-6)
  • The initial force was supported by 30 men from the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta force) carried by two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters

The Delta force detachment included at least 8 snipers.


How many Pakistani and Malaysian infantry were involved on the rescue.

More than 100 Malaysian soldiers of the 19 Melayu Diraja Mekanise troop accompanied the relief convoy on 4 October. Malaysian Corporal Mat Aznan was killed and nine other Malaysian soldiers were injured.

At least 16 soldiers from the Pakistan UN detachment also accompanied the convoy. However, as far as I can ascertain, these were tank crews, and not infantry. One Pakistani soldier was killed and two were wounded.


Sources

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