UK forces have made two strikes against Libya following the communiqué issued on Saturday from a number of world leaders under the auspices of UN Security Council Resolution 1973.
On Sunday 20th March 2011, a Trafalgar class submarine in the Mediterranean launched a Tomahawk missiles at Libya in the second UK strike on the country. Reconnaissance from British Royal Air Force GR4 Tornados led to the avoidance of some target areas once it was established that civilians were in the vicinity.
Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Communications Officer Major General John Lorimer said:
“I can confirm that British Armed Forces have participated in another co-ordinated strike against Libyan Air Defence systems.
“For a second time, the UK has launched guided Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) from a Trafalgar Class submarine in the Mediterranean as part of a coordinated coalition plan to enforce the [UN] resolution.”
Typhoon aircraft have arrived at Gioia Dell Colle airbase in Southern Italy, ready to assist further missions. RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus is also supporting the operation with a number of assets, including E3D Sentry (airborne command and control planes), VC-10 (troop and freight movement) and Sentinel (airborne radar system).