Survey ship HMS Echo has become the first Royal Navy ship to visit Libya since the fall of Colonel Gaddafi.
Having helped pave the way for vital aircraft strikes against Colonel Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, personnel from 857 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) are now preparing to return to Afghanistan.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has spoken to the press this morning, following the death yesterday of Colonel Gaddafi, saying the British people can be extremely proud of our Armed Forces’ part in allowing Libyans to liberate themselves.
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Hammond – proud of Armed Forces’ role in Libya
The Royal Navy and RAF have been in action all week against Colonel Gaddafi’s forces who continue to operate indiscriminately in Sirte and Bani Walid.
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RAF and Royal Navy continue action against Gaddafi forces
British aircraft have again conducted long-range strikes against some of Colonel Gaddafi’s remaining military bases, as NATO continues with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.
RAF Tornados conduct more long-range strikes in Libya