Operation Odyssey Dawn - Day 1 - RAF involvment

Final preparations and launch of RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft for the first UK air combat mission in support of UN Resolution 1973 / © SAC Lisa Conway / RAF Crown Copyright 2011

Final preparations and launch of RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft for the first UK air combat mission in support of UN Resolution 1973 / © SAC Lisa Conway / RAF Crown Copyright 2011

Posted By Frank Grealish

March 20 - On the first night of Operation Odyssey Dawn, British Armed Forces have participated in a coordinated strike against Libyan Air Defence system.

The Chief of Defence Staff's Strategic Communication Officer Major General John Lorimer said: "British Armed Forces, as authorised by the UN Security Council Resolution 1973, have participated in a co-ordinated strike against Libyan Air Defence systems. In addition to the Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) launched from a Trafalgar Class submarine, I can now confirm that the RAF has also launched Stormshadow missiles from a number of Tornado GR4 fast jets, which flew direct from RAF Marham as part of a coordinated coalition plan to enforce the resolution."

Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: "We have launched Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles from a Trafalgar Class submarine and Stormshadow missiles from Tornado GR4s. The fast jets flew 3,000 miles from RAF Marham and back making this the longest range bombing mission conducted by the RAF since the Falklands conflict. This operation was supported by VC10 and Tristar air-to-air refuelling aircraft as well as E3D Sentry and Sentinel surveillance aircraft."

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Source: Royal Air Force

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