Mark Povey - Arriving in Somalia

Running time
1 min 2 sec
Department of Veterans' Affairs


Early in the morning we flew out of out of Sydney, we flew to Perth. And then from Perth we flew on to into Harare. We spent the night at a hotel in Harare. The next morning, on another commercial flight, we flew to Nairobi. And we spent another night in a hotel in Nairobi.

And the next morning, we all got our cams on and we went out to Nairobi airport and boarded a UN C 130 Hercules and we flew north and arrived at Mogadishu airport and walked off the back of the aircraft into about 45 degrees Celsius. And, you know, the heat hit us and we realized now that this was for real. And we were met by the outgoing contingent, we were issued a Kevlar helmet, ballistic vest, and our Steyr. We then knew that this was for real.

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