IDF Special Tactics Rescue Unit 669 Conducts Medevac, Gaza

This IDF-provided footage shows the IDF Unit 669 as they conduct a rescue in a UH-60 Blackhawk. The Blackhawk (Israeli designator: Yanshuf) is an indicator that this particular team is based out of Palmachim Airbase. The soldiers' faces, including those of the casualties, have been occluded to protect their identities. Special Tactics Rescue Unit 669 is analogous to the US Air Force's vaunted Pararescue in that operators must be skilled in advanced medicine as well as special and advanced warfare. Training and selection lasts eighteen months and is considered to be among the most demanding courses that an IDF soldier can undergo.

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This IDF-provided footage shows the IDF Unit 669 as they conduct a rescue in a UH-60 Blackhawk. The Blackhawk (Israeli designator: Yanshuf) is an indicator that this particular team is based out of Palmachim Airbase. The soldiers' faces, including those of the casualties, have been occluded to protect their identities. Special Tactics Rescue Unit 669 is analogous to the US Air Force's vaunted Pararescue in that operators must be skilled in advanced medicine as well as special and advanced warfare. Training and selection lasts eighteen months and is considered to be among the most demanding courses that an IDF soldier can undergo.

About the Author

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Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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