Philip Hammond gave his first newspaper interview as Defence Secretary on Friday, during a visit to British troops who have been involved in the Libya campaign from Italy’s Gioia del Colle airfield.
A small but highly-motivated team of Gurkhas is working hard behind the scenes with the RAF at Gioia del Colle, in southern Italy, to provide essential communication lines for the NATO-led missions over Libya.
Gurkhas help support Libya operations
After six months and one day supporting the UK mission over Libya as part of Operation ELLAMY, RAF Typhoons have left Gioia del Colle in Italy and returned to the UK.
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RAF Typhoons return from Libya operations
Four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fast jets have arrived at Gioia del Colle air base in southern Italy following last week’s announcement that the additional aircraft will provide further support to UK operations over Libya.
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Additional RAF Tornado jets arrive in Italy
The Ministry of Defence has announced that, in the coming days, the UK will deploy an additional four RAF Tornado GR4s to Gioia del Colle air base in Italy, primarily in the reconnaissance role to further support operations over Libya.