Lakenheath: Fighters on move in support of action over Libya
SUFFOLK-based fighter aircraft are being moved into strategic locations “in support of operations” over Libya, it was confirmed today.
RAF Lakenheath is home to the United States Air Force’s 48th Fighter Wing which boasts three flying squadrons of F-15s.
A spokesman for the base confirmed some of its “assets” were being moved to more strategic locations in order to support operations in Libya if required.
He said the wing always maintained a high state of readiness.
He declined to comment on any specific details about the wing’s deployment.
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The first shots have been fired by military forces imposing a no-fly zone over Libya as the international community swung into action against the nation’s leader.
The show of strength against Gaddafi began when a French jet attacked and destroyed a military vehicle belonging to his army earlier today.
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There has been increased activity at the with warplanes seen taking off. It was from Lakenheath that US planes took off in 1986 to bomb Libya.