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VIDEO ADDED: RAF Marham commander praises crews after Libya raids

PUBLISHED: 15:34 21 March 2011

RAF Marham station commander Group Captain Peter Rochelle

RAF Marham station commander Group Captain Peter Rochelle

RAF Marham station commander Group Captain Peter Rochelle praised his crews - and the support they receive from the wider Norfolk community - after Tornados took part in air strikes in support of operations with the international coalition over Libya.

He said: “Once again the Tornado has proven its capability and utility, this time in support of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, implementing a No-Fly Zone over Libya.

“The mission, on the night of Saturday 19 March, was a successful 3000-mile sortie. I am pleased to report that our crews and aircraft returned unharmed.”

Group Capt Rochelle stressed that the sortie - and any to follow - was delivered as part of a whole-team effort.

“This was a Tornado Force effort, jointly delivered by RAF personnel, civilians and our industrial partners, from both RAF Marham and RAF Lossiemouth,” he said. “The successful staging of this mission is testament to their professionalism and dedication.

“We did not deliver this mission in isolation. Success was reliant on the support of numerous other British military organisations and through close cooperation with our allies.

“However, the very foundation of this support is provided through the strength of the relationship that we have with our local community and the people of Norfolk in general.

“It is your continued support, in whatever form it takes, that enables the men and women of RAF Marham to further develop and hone their skills and capability, whether it be for this mission or those currently being flown in Afghanistan. For this, I remain immensely grateful.”

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