Libyan action

Jamie Hunter reviews the Tornado’s air operations over Libya in 2011, which once again included some significant milestones.

Tornado Tribute

Operation Ellamy

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Carrying two live Paveway IVs and a RAPTOR reconnaissance pod, a Tornado GR4 in No 14 Squadron markings gets airborne from Gioia del Colle for an Ellamy sortie. Integration of the ASRAAM short-range missile onto the Tornado GR4 was cleared in February 2011, although the in-service date was brought forward to meet the operational needs of the Tornado GR Force for Libya.
Crown Copyright/Cpl Nik Howe
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UK Air Component Commander AVM Greg Bagwell arrives at Gioia del Colle.
Crown Copyright/SAC Neil Chapman
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Imagery from the Tornado GR4 Litening targeting pod of a Libyan main battle tank in the crosshairs.
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Operation Odyssey Dawn started on March 19, 2011, as the effort to enforce a no-fly zone under UN Resolution 1973 to protect Libyan citizens from attacks perpetrated by forces loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi. This ran from March 19-30, with the US very much taking the lead – NATO assumed command on March 27 under what became known as Unified Protector. With the downfall of the Gaddafiregime and the passing of control to a new Libyan government, the NATO campaign formally ended on October 31.

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