Operation Shining Express

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Operation Shining Express
Part of Second Liberian Civil War
A US Military Special Operations Security Team Member observes a United Nations MI-8 Hip helicopter approaching the American embassy in Monrovia, Liberia in June 2003
A U.S. military special operations security team member observes a United Nations helicopter approaching the American embassy in Monrovia in June 2003
Location Monrovia, Liberia
Objective Evacuation of Americans from Liberia
Date June 2003 – July 2003

Operation Shining Express was the June 2003 deployment of an American naval task force, consisting of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines (3/2) to rescue U.S. embassy personnel and American citizens during the Second Liberian Civil War. The deployment was announced on June 12, 2003 and lasted until July 2003.

It followed the successful 1990 rescue effort in Liberia, Operation Sharp Edge.

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