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Libya: Armed Conflict

Defence written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of John Glen John Glen Conservative, Salisbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of flying hours for Operation Ellamy were spent in transit to the operational area for (a) Tornado and (b) Typhoon.

Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond The Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 1 November 2011

The vast majority of UK Tornado and Typhoon aircraft missions flown in support of Operation Ellamy were from Gioia Del Colle, Italy, which is in the UK joint operational area. In those cases all flying hours were within the operational area.

Some UK Tornado missions were flown from RAF Marham in the UK. However, while the Ministry of Defence has details of the proportion of time spent in transit for these sorties, this information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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