Mission Completed: Swedish Gripen Back from Libya

By on Friday, October 28th, 2011

After 650 missions, almost 2,000 flight hours and more than 150,000 reconnaissance photos, the five Gripen fighters that took part in the NATO-led UN mission in Libya have now returned to Sweden.

The formal decision to participate in the UN mission was taken by the Swedish Parliament at the beginning of April 2011 and the first mission over Libya was flown on 8 April.

After a successful operation comprising 650 combat missions, almost 2,000 flight hours and more than 150,000 reconnaissance photos, the Swedish contribution ended on 24 October.

In total, 140 people participated in the operation based at Sigonella, Sicily, Italy. The five pilots have flown their final surveillance missions and are back in Sweden. The remaining personnel will return home this weekend.

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