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' Iron Bird ' heroes of insurgency




31 March 2013| last updated at 12:25AM



LOOKING BACK : Every war veteran is a custodian of unique and heartfelt stories and memories -- narratives of sacrifice and woe. Among those in this courageous group are Nuri helicopter pilots and crew members who played a pivotal role in the struggle against the communist insurgency in the 1970s and 1980s. Shahimah Shaharuddin speaks to a former pilot who remembers his experiences vividly

MAJOR Nor Ibrahim Sulaiman was in Gubir Camp, a military base notched in the Ulu Muda forest reserve in Kedah, bordering Thailand, to refuel his helicopter.

He looked around the surrounding jungle and contemplated how such a beautiful and picturesque area could be stained by hostility, fighting and death.

Nor Ibrahim, who was then 26 years old, was co-piloting FM1710, one of two " Iron Birds ", a pet name given to the Royal Malaysian Air Force's mammoth chopper, from the detachment at Butterworth, Penang, to Gubir Camp in the northernmost part of Kedah.

The mission was to airlift rations and military supplies to the troops at the operation areas in the virgin jungle.

After a few flights, his Nuri landed at the camp to refuel. It was to be a simple and routine task. But that was until they heard heavy gunfire close to the camp.

Seconds later, a Land Rover, riddled with bullet holes, darted through the area. When asked, the driver told them that a convoy heading towards Gubir had been ambushed by communist terrorists.

Among the troops in it was Captain Hardev Singh, an intelligence officer of the 6th Brigade in Sungai Petani.

Nor Ibrahim was at the brigade earlier in the morning when his Nuri copter made a stopover.

Hardev, who was a long-time friend of Nor Ibrahim, had invited him for breakfast at the mess before he and his party left for Gubir in army trucks and Land Rovers, escorted by Ferret Scout cars.

"The driver of the Land Rover also told us that a few men in the convoy were killed, and Hardev was one of them."

That was on April 11, 1975, and Nor Ibrahim, who was from the 10th Squadron in Kuantan, says the ambush was one of the many brutal and bloody incidents the nation's forces faced when fighting the terrorists.

It was a period when the country plunged into guerilla war with the communist terrorists, who, despite being reduced to a tiny fraction of their peak strength, still remained at large, mainly in the Malaysia-Thai border areas.

And Gubir was one of their strongholds.

" When we learnt about what had happened to Hardev's convoy, the gunship pilot took off instantly. "

He says the enemies fled when the gunship flew in.

When the second Nuri, piloted by Lt Meor Zubir, arrived at the camp from Butterworth, he was tasked with picking up the casualties.

The aircraft was good to go but the only snag was they weren't sure of the exact location of the ambush.

Meor asked Nor Ibrahim to jump onto his aircraft to help them.

" When we finally found the site a few kilometres from Gubir Camp, we saw five bodies strewn on a dirt road. "

Since the area was too narrow for the Nuri to land, Nor Ibrahim says the helicopter had to winch up the bodies, including Hardev's.

" When I pulled his body up, I was choking.

" It was a numbing experience. It was only a few hours ago that we had breakfast together. "


Roles and challenges of the Nuri


While the Malaysian army engaged the communist terrorists on land, the personnel in the Nuri helicopters worked hard to ensure the lifeline between the ground troops and base camps was not severed.

In war, the tremendous advantage of air power rests in its ability to provide vital necessities to soldiers, other than winching them in and out of combat zones.

The Nuri helicopters, Nor Ibrahim says, amplified the effectiveness of the army operations.

They were seen as a crucial partner in fighting the communist terrorists and without a doubt, increased the survival rate of the soldiers.

Injured soldiers knew they could depend on the Nuri fleet to ferry them to a field hospital faster than if they had to seek treatment on foot, which would probably take weeks, or in a worst-case scenario, not happen at all.

Because of its sheer size and capability, the helicopter would be employed primarily to supply rations and other necessities, as well as airlifting military equipment and ground troops in and out of operation areas, conduct medical and casualty evacuations, and search-and-rescue operations.

In war, helicopter pilots also have the grim task of picking up bodies of soldiers. The roles were clear and simple, but Nor Ibrahim says they can be extremely delicate, if not dangerous and sometimes fatal, when operating in a hostile environment such as Gubir.

" Gubir was a special case as far as fighting the communist insurgency was concerned, " says the major.

" It was one of the communist terrorists' strongholds. "

The terrorists' posts were scattered throughout the thick jungle.

Aside from Gubir Camp, a few other military operations were also mounted in neighbouring Perak at Kroh in Pengkalan Hulu and Klian Intan.

Not only were these areas close to the border with Thailand, the density of the jungle made the whole operation of search-and-destroy more difficult.

Nuri helicopters were vulnerable to ground fire and like the army men, the pilots had to brave a barrage of bullets while hovering above hot areas.

" Remember that we were there to save lives, not take lives, so we carried few weapons on board.

" Other than the pilot's protective vest, each airman carried only a Browning 9mm pistol and an M16 rifle, " explains Nor Ibrahim.

Flying the Nuri through the thick northern jungle canopy came with its own set of problems.

Apart from the fact that they could be seen and heard by the enemy from miles away, the thick foliage did not offer an easy landing strip.

Most of the time, Nor Ibrahim says pilots had to wait above the dense jungle while ground troops and commandos abseiled up and down the aircraft.

" During that moment, we were sitting ducks.

The Nuri was exposed to extreme danger, " Nor Ibrahim says, adding that a Nuri riddled with bullet holes was a typical sight.

" Imagine trying to land a giant and very noisy machine in an area where there is little or no landing point, knowing all too well that the bad guys could be everywhere on the ground taking aim. "


Nuri helicopters ‘ were the hunted, not the hunter ’

MAJOR Nor Ibrahim narrates an incident when his Nuri was shot at during the evacuation of a Malaysian soldier at Selamat Sawadee in Thailand in 1979.

It was a joint operation between the Malaysian armed forces and Thailand to purge the communist insurgency in Thai territory.

" While hovering at the designated area, my co-pilot was told by the ground crew via radio to leave immediately.

" Later, we were told that troops on the ground had seen several communist terrorists literally running towards my helicopter trying to take a shot at it. "

As if using small arms against the Nuri was not enough, the terrorists had also resorted to a M79 grenade launcher to down the helicopter.

It happened when Nor Ibrahim was unloading rations at one of the landing points near the Kelian Intan operation area.

His helicopter was almost hit. After seeing troops take cover, his immediate reaction was to take off.

Just barely off the ground, a second shot was fired at the helicopter.

" The explosion was deafening and the aircraft was vibrating madly.

" My only thought was not to die there.

" It was a long 10-minute flight back to the Kelian Intan base camp. "

Nor Ibrahim had barely recovered from the shock when he was later tasked with picking up a casualty at another location.

The many shots aimed at the Nuri, he says, showed that they were the hunted, not the hunter.

This assertion was validated by ground troops who had discovered wooden planks on trees, apparently placed by the rebels who had used them to take opportune shots at low-flying helicopters.

" To the enemy, bringing down a helicopter was an enormous achievement and a morale booster.

" And because they also knew that the helicopters were the lifeline for the ground troops, they saw the need to sever that line. "




A Nuri helicopter unloading rations at a landing point in Gubir Camp, which had been one of the country’s counter-insurgency military outposts. (Inset) A 1970s picture of Major Nor Ibrahim Sulaiman with his Nuri. Pix courtesy of Major (Rtd) Nor Ibrahim Sulaiman




An army Nuri helicopter winching down a medical personnel to attend to an injured soldier.






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RAJD sebagai Rejimen Bantuan Tempur Tentera Darat, banyak membantu dalam operasi-operasi menentang insurgensi komunis. Penglibatan utama RAJD dalam operasi-operasi ini adalah membersih/memusnahkan jerangkap samar, membina tapak pendaratan helikopter di samping membina penempatan-penempatan rakyat di kawasan-kawasan tertentu sebagai operasi gerak saraf bagi mengelak rakyat memberi sokongan kepada Parti Komunis Malaya(PKM). Antara operasi utama yang disertai oleh RAJD merangkumi :

Op Naga
Op Kota
Op Cahaya Bena I dan II
Op Selamat Sawadee
Op Daoyai Musnah I dan II
Op Seri Aman
Op Indera
Op Ukur
Op Pagar
Op Gerakan Sedar
Op Gerakan 802
Op Setia Khas
Op Tak Sin
Op Gubir

Operasi Naga dilancarkan pada tahun 1976-1977 adalah salah satu operasi dalaman. RAJD terlibat secara aktif menanam jerangkap samar (askar tanam ubi) bagi mengekang pengganas komunis menggunakan sesuatu kawasan. Telah dilaksanakan di Negeri Perak dan Kedah bersempadankan Thailand.

Operasi Kota dilancarkan oleh Tentera Darat pada 21 Februari 1968. Meliputi kawasan
perbatasan dari Negeri Perlis ke Kelantan. Beberapa operasi khas lain telah dilancarkan merangkumi Op Tedung, Op Banding dan Op Gubir. Kesemua operasi ini telah melibatkan terup RAJD terutama dalam kegiatan membersih/memusnahkan jerangkap samar pengganas komunis (PGK).

Operasi Daoyai Musnah I - Merupakan operasi gabungan bersama Royal Thai Army. Dilancarkan pada 14 Januari 1977. Terup RAJD turut terlibat dalam operasi ini. Dilaksanakan di kawasan Sadao, selatan Thailand. Operasi ini disusuli Op Daoyai Musnah II bagi meneruskan kecemerlangan Op Daoyai Musnah I.

Operasi Selamat Sawadee - Dilaksanakan di kawasan Betong di Selatan Thailand. Dilancarkan pada tahun 1978. Manakala Op Cahaya Bena I dan II pula adalah operasi bersama yang dilancarkan di sekitar kawasan Weang. Pengganas Komunis di sekitar Selatan Thailand agak kreatif dalam membuat jerangkap samar berbanding di kawasan lain, ini mungkin disebabkan mereka mendapat ‘ teknologi ’ dari Vietnam yang amat terkenal dengan pembikinan jerangkap samar buatan sendiri ketika itu. Anggota RAJD sentiasa terus mendalami ilmu dan kemahiran mengenai pembaharuan yang berlaku dalam bidang pembersihan/pemusnahan
jerangkap samar.

Di Sarawak, RAJD terlibat dalam Op Seri Aman bagi menentang kegiatan pengganas
yang diterajui oleh Parti Rakyat Kalimantan Utara (PARAKU). Pasukan-pasukan RAJD
di bawah perintah Markas RAJD 1 Div bersama-sama dengan unit-unit Tentera Darat
lain telah bekerjasama menjayakan operasi ini.


http://xnuripilot.blogspot.com/2010/...trapbhg-2.html
Quote:Original Posted By samtputra
Pahlawan Malaysia



pemimpin bersih yg kek gini pasti bakal di fitnah abis-abisan sama UMNGOK
GGK bukan hanya mendidik tentera wataniah (tentera cadangan) dan gerila.

Regimen Para (setara Kostrad, tapi cuma 1 brigade...) adalah anak didik GGK ter'JAGUH' dengan motto;....

TIADA MISI TERLALU SULIT
TIADA PENGORBANAN TERLALU BESAR
TUGAS DIUTAMAKAN


Sumpah prajurit Regimen Para

DENGAN SEPENUH DAYA
KERINGAT DAN KUDRATKU
AKU AKAN CEKAL
MENGHADAPI DAN MENGHANCURKAN MUSUH
TIDAK AKAN AKU TINGGALKAN WALAU
SEORANG PUN MITRA SEPERJUANGANKU
TIDAK AKU RELA MELIHAT WALAU SEORANG JATUH
KE TANGAN MUSUH
AKU DATANG
AKU GEMPUR
DAN AKU PULANG ATAU GUGUR SEBAGAI SATU KETUMBUKAN
AKU AKAN TERUS BERJUANG HINGGA KE TITISAN KERINGAT
DAN TITISAN DARAH YANG TERAKHIR
WALAU LAINNYA TELAH GUGUR
AKU AKAN TETAP MELAWAN
MENJUNJUNG TRADISI DAN ITOS KEPAHLAWANAN
PRAJURIT PARA
ARTI MENYERAH BUKAN PILIHANKU
PANTANG MAUT SEBELUM AJAL
AKU AKAN TERUS MELAWAN
SEHINGGA DITAKDIRKAN
NYAWAKU BERPISAH DARI BADAN

^^^ konon suku saiya, power ranger, dan para ultraman adalah ddikan GGK(gukguk),
dan ada rencana mreka akan menginvasi planet namex untuk menjajah bangsa picolo dengan senjata dewa yg super cetar membahana VITA BERAPI.
Belum lagi pasukan laut mreka PASKAL juga gak kalah hebatnya.
Konon mreka pernah menaklukan pasukan raja naga laut selatan.belum lagi angkatan udara mreka, mreka mampu mengupgrade F-5 superstealth,
pesawat tempur NIR ENGINE pertama di dunia.





Ini Topix.com kan?
Haisshhhh.....hanya bisa Garuk-Garuk Kepala (GGK) lagi baca trit ini...
wih, bung HPC sampe turun tangan
Quote:Original Posted By the.BlackCat
wih, bung HPC sampe turun tangan

krn intel mblayu yg laen keteteran

ko telik sandi sumberny blogspot
Quote:Original Posted By sh1903
^^^ konon suku saiya, power ranger, dan para ultraman adalah ddikan GGK(gukguk),
dan ada rencana mreka akan menginvasi planet namex untuk menjajah bangsa picolo dengan senjata dewa yg super cetar membahana VITA BERAPI.
Belum lagi pasukan laut mreka PASKAL juga gak kalah hebatnya.
Konon mreka pernah menaklukan pasukan raja naga laut selatan.belum lagi angkatan udara mreka, mreka mampu mengupgrade F-5 superstealth,
pesawat tempur NIR ENGINE pertama di dunia.





Ini Topix.com kan?

komen c om jg mirip" keyboard warrior forindo yg di topix
Quote:Original Posted By sh1903
^^^ konon suku saiya, power ranger, dan para ultraman adalah ddikan GGK(gukguk),
dan ada rencana mreka akan menginvasi planet namex untuk menjajah bangsa picolo dengan senjata dewa yg super cetar membahana VITA BERAPI.
Belum lagi pasukan laut mreka PASKAL juga gak kalah hebatnya.
Konon mreka pernah menaklukan pasukan raja naga laut selatan.belum lagi angkatan udara mreka, mreka mampu mengupgrade F-5 superstealth,
pesawat tempur NIR ENGINE pertama di dunia.





Ini Topix.com kan?



pada pandangan akula...mana mana aset atm ni jumlah sebenar dia adalah rahsia...dari kereta kebal sampaila ke trak trak2 48 buah pt 91 tu mungkin bukan jumlah sebenar...mana2 negarapun takkan nak bagitau kekuatan sebenar dia...tengok jerla kereta perisai condor,,sibmas...anggaran dia 100 lebih jer..tapi kalau kita pergi ke mana mana kem tentera berlambak lambak......begitu juga dengan misil artillery astros...mana mana negara kalau masa perang akan guna stok simpanan pertahanan mereka,stok simpanan perang ni sama banyak dengan yang di pakai,,bukan yang dah pakai.... tengok jerla artilery 105....roket astros..asal pembelian hanya 18...tetiba je jadi 36....meriam g5 masa umum 22 jer..tapi tak sedar2 jadi 28....jet hawk contoh ada 18...tapi tengok kat nombor badan jet tu sampai 40

Quote:Original Posted By DragonTigerGate
pada pandangan akula...mana mana aset atm ni jumlah sebenar dia adalah rahsia...dari kereta kebal sampaila ke trak trak2 48 buah pt 91 tu mungkin bukan jumlah sebenar...mana2 negarapun takkan nak bagitau kekuatan sebenar dia...tengok jerla kereta perisai condor,,sibmas...anggaran dia 100 lebih jer..tapi kalau kita pergi ke mana mana kem tentera berlambak lambak......begitu juga dengan misil artillery astros...mana mana negara kalau masa perang akan guna stok simpanan pertahanan mereka,stok simpanan perang ni sama banyak dengan yang di pakai,,bukan yang dah pakai.... tengok jerla artilery 105....roket astros..asal pembelian hanya 18...tetiba je jadi 36....meriam g5 masa umum 22 jer..tapi tak sedar2 jadi 28....jet hawk contoh ada 18...tapi tengok kat nombor badan jet tu sampai 40


omegot
Quote:Original Posted By sh1903
^^^ konon suku saiya, power ranger, dan para ultraman adalah ddikan GGK(gukguk),
dan ada rencana mreka akan menginvasi planet namex untuk menjajah bangsa picolo dengan senjata dewa yg super cetar membahana VITA BERAPI.
Belum lagi pasukan laut mreka PASKAL juga gak kalah hebatnya.
Konon mreka pernah menaklukan pasukan raja naga laut selatan.belum lagi angkatan udara mreka, mreka mampu mengupgrade F-5 superstealth,
pesawat tempur NIR ENGINE pertama di dunia.





Ini Topix.com kan?


Waw...alangkah jaguhnya....ane baru tau meteka sejaguh itu....jagn2 mereka juga udah invasi bangsa na'vi....atau mereka tuga menguasai teknologi nuklir tanpa reaktor.....bagi2 lg dunk gan kehebatan tentara jaguh...wkwkwkwk
Udahlah jom, apa nak kau kata le..
Yg jelas ATM adaleh angkatan yg paling digeruni di rantau ini.
GGK itu


Gak Gak Kukuuuu ?

apa

Garuk Garuk Kemaluan?
Quote:Original Posted By anak.yondang1
GGK itu


Gak Gak Kukuuuu ?

apa

Garuk Garuk Kemaluan?


garuk garuk kepala tiap x liat ni trik ggk




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Quote:Original Posted By Kumkums
Haisshhhh.....hanya bisa Garuk-Garuk Kepala (GGK) lagi baca trit ini...


bukan nya GARUK GARUK KIMPET ??
Quote:Original Posted By samtputra
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