Helicopter Squadron at Zadar-Zemunik
After three years of intensive training, Croatia’s Kiowa Warriors and their crews are on the brink of attaining full operational capability. Martin Scharenborg and Ramon Wenink followed their final steps towards readiness and flew with the OH-58D at Zadar-Zemunik air base.
After declaring independence in June 1991 and the subsequent withdrawal of almost all remaining military assets to Yugoslavia, Croatia’s air arm had to be rebuilt from scratch. Due to a UN arms embargo imposed in 1992, it was impossible to procure the offensive weapons needed to fight insurgents in the northern and eastern parts of the country, where a Serb majority unwilling to become part of Croatia had proclaimed the independent republic of Krajina.