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Image: American evacuees walk to a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopter in Tirana, Albania.

CH-53 Super Stallion

Tirana, Albania, 15 March 1997 — American citizens walk single-file through a heavily guarded perimeter to board a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion combat assault helicopter in a field inside the U.S. Embassy housing compound. Operation Silver Wake is the evacuation of noncombatants from Albania to ensure the safety of American citizens and designated third country nationals. U.S. Naval forces from the USS Nassau (LHA 4) Amphibious Readiness Group continue to evacuate citizens from the U.S. Embassy in Tirana.

DOD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brett Siegel, U.S. Navy.

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