Tornados bomb Libya again from RAF Marham in Norfolk

Supported by VC10 and TriStar aerial refuelling tankers, the warplanes flew south across Europe and the Mediterranean to launch a “large salvo” of Storm Shadow precision guided missiles at command bunkers near Sebha, 700km south of Tripoli, out in the Sahara.

The Weapons use a sophisticated GPS tracking system and terrain matching technology to locate their targets.

The MoD said the aircraft landed at Gioia del Colle after a mission lasting seven hours, and will return to Marham.

In the early hours of Monday morning, RAF Tornado and Typhoon aircraft conducted precision strikes on an ammunition and vehicle depot, and a military communications facility, both near Zlitan.

An armed reconnaissance patrol over Brega, in the east of the country, was also identified and two armed pick-up trucks destroyed.

On Monday night and the early hours of Tuesday, RAF jets successfully bombed a Libyan frigate in Tripoli harbour.

The ship had been damaged previously by NATO air strikes, but damage assessment showed it retained an offensive capability.

The RAF strike inflicted further serious damage and left the vessel taking on water.

UK aircraft also attacked a command and control node and a weapons depot in Bir al-Ghanam in the Djebel Nafousa, and a staging post in Zlitan.

On Tuesday night, an RAF patrol returned to Zlitan and conducted a precision strike on a barracks and military staging post.

[Source: By Chris Bishop, EDP, Norfolk, 12Aug11]

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