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Jalibah Southeast Airbase

Jalibah Southeast Airbase is located in Southern Iraq approximately 370 kilometers South of Baghdad, and about 65 kilometers South of Al Nasiriyah. It is an unoccupied emergency dispersal/recovery strip. The airbase is served by a main runway measuring 9,800 feet and an alternate runway/taxiway measuring 8,500 feet. Jalibah occupies a 21 square kilometer site and is protected by a 19 kilometers security perimeter.According to the "Gulf War Air Power Survey", there were 24 hardened aircraft shelters at Jalibah Southeast as of 1991. At the each end of the main runway are hardened aircraft shelters knowns as "trapezoids" or "Yugos" which were build by Yugoslavian contractors some time prior to 1985.

In February 1991, General Horner tasked RED HORSE to deny two air bases in southeastern Iraq to prevent future use by returning Iraqi forces, and the work had to be completed before the signing of a cease fire agreement. Working with EOD personnel, two teams completed the job within four days. At Tallil AB, RED HORSE used approximately 40 tons of explosives to make cuts in the runway and taxiway every 2,000 feet. At Jalibah AB, engineers denied a concrete runway and two asphalt taxiways with 72 craters up to 40 feet wide and 12 feet deep.

Camp Viper / Logistics Support Area (LSA) Viper / LSA Camp Viper

Camp Viper, a US Marine Corps operating location, was located near the ancient city of Ur, Iraq. After an exhausting night moving its entire fleet from Camp Coyote in Kuwait, the Army Reserve Unit spent its first day on Iraqi soil March 23 at Camp Viper, a base in American-controlled territory deep in southern Iraq. Sailors from the Beaufort Naval Hospital set up and staffed a hospital well inside the war zone. Theirs was the first hospital set up in a combat zone during the fight. A perimeter of well-trained Marines encircled the camp, called Camp Viper, at all hours. The hospital treated them all, Iraqis and injured Americans alike. Fleet Hospital Three is a 9-acre, 116-bed facility, which is manned by more than 300 medical service support and Construction Battalion personnel from around the nation. The Pensacola, Fla.-based command is an Echelon Three facility. Considering that FH-3 went to Iraq with 166 trucking containers filled with more than $12 million in medical equipment and supplies, ensuring the availability of that equipment at the end of the supply chain was vital.

HMN161 was stationed at Jalibah Air Base, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Charlie Surgical Support Company, Health Services Bn (HSB), 1st FSSG was deployed to Logistics Support Area Viper. Health Services Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group established a triage at Jalibah Airbase. Combat Service Support Battalion (CSSB) 18 put sandbags on a bunker outside of the Combat Service Support Operations Center (CSSOC) for CSSB 18, 1st FSSG, Logistics Support Area (LSA) Viper, Iraq. CSSB-18 sent daily vehicle recovery convoys to pick up numerous vehicles broken and stranded along the roads. The fast pace of the operation and the sand and dust were a contributing factor to maintenance problems.

Marines with 6th Engineering Support Bn kept vehicles rolling during Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the battalion's main camp - Logistical Supply Area Camp Viper in the southern Iraqi desert - mechanics managed to keep an 85 percent vehicle readiness under difficult supply conditions. 6th ESB's northern shop at Logistical Supply Area Camp Chesty maintained a 92 percent vehicle readiness. Designated as 1st Force Service Support Group's bulk-liquids battalion, 6th ESB was charged with fueling coalition forces as they raced northward through Iraq. They also supplied purified water to the Corps' desert and urban encampments. In fact, the battalion established a dozen fuel and water points across southern Iraq, including sites in or near Baghdad, Nasariyah, Kut, and Diwaniyah.

The British were co-located at Camp Viper, Iraq. The British forces were from 2/1 Battery, 16th Air Assault Brigade. They are working between Basra and Camp Viper, providing Force Protection for Intel gathering.


Imagery of Jalibah SoutheastAirbase
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Overview of the Middle East with Iraq in the center

CIA Map of Iraq

Tactical Pilotage Chart of Jalibah Southeast Airbase

Russian 1:200,000 scale map of Jalibah Southeast Airbase as of 1985.

CIB overview Jalibah Southeast Airbase as of 1995.

Close-up of Jalibah Southeast.

Ikonos browse overview Jalibah Southeast Airbase as of February 2002.

Jalibah Southeast served by a main runway measuring 9,800 feet and an alternate runway/taxiway 8,500 feet long.



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