With NATO’s blessing, Britain withdrawing helicopter carrier from Libya op

Apache helicopter takes off from HMS Ocean during Libya operation

From Craig Hoyle, Flightglobal:  Six aircraft from the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have returned to the UK after participating in the NATO-led operation to safeguard Libyan civilians.

Four Eurofighter Typhoons landed back at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire on 16 September, six months after the type had been deployed to Gioia del Colle in Italy, in what was to become the type’s multi-role combat debut. . . .

Meanwhile, the UK Ministry of Defence has announced that NATO has agreed to release HMS Ocean and its embarked helicopters from their contribution to operation Unified Protector. "The vessel is offloading equipment in Souda Bay [Crete] and in due course will proceed through the Suez Canal en route to the Red Sea," it said.   (photo: UK Ministry of Defense)

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