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Kiowa Warriors pass torch to Apache attack helicopters in South Korea

An OH-58 Kiowa helicopter performs manuevers over Rodriguez Live Fire Range, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2018. The exercise was the final time the OH-58 Kiowa was used by the Army as it transitions the AH-64 Apache.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 26, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — The Vietnam-era Kiowa Warriors have conducted their last exercises before being retired and replaced by Apache attack helicopters on the Korean peninsula.

The OH-58 Kiowas performed maneuvers Wednesday at Rodriguez Live Fire Range, attacking stationary targets in a joint exercise with the AH-64 Apaches and M1A2 Abrams tanks.

“During the exercise, OH-Kiowa helicopters performed a symbolic passing of the torch mid-air,” said the 2nd Infantry Division’s public affairs office.

The Kiowa, a single-engine, single-rotor helicopter, made its debut in 1966 and was deployed during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and in South Korea.

The Army decided to retire it as part of its modernization process.
The Apaches move in as Seoul and Washington face a growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea.

The peninsula has been divided by the world’s most fortified border since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.
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A OH-58 Kiowa helicopter takes off and flies toward a Rodriguez Live Fire Range, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. The exercise was the final time the OH-58 Kiowa was used by the Army before being decommissioned from active use.
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