Syria Tornado’s last call

MILITARY TORNADO GR4

In the final part of a two-part story, AIR International covers the mighty Tornado GR4 strike aircraft after more than 35 years’ service with the Royal Air Force

A Tornado GR4 laden with two Storm Shadow missiles departs RAF Marham.
Cpl Nik Howe/RAF Marham

Operational life for all of the RAF’s Tornado GR Force squadrons during the first decade of the new millennium was busy with ongoing commitments to UK Operations Telic and Herrick. When the Libyan civil war started in the autumn of 2010, just a few months passed before a coalition of nations decided to take military action against Libyan government forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. The UK’s contribution to the coalition was conducted under Operation Ellamy: the RAF’s Tornado GR Force was involved from day one, at a time when two GR4 squadrons had been stood down, and concurrently with operations at Kandahar in Afghanistan for Operation Herrick.

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