Last Sunday was the second mission of Danish F-16 fighter jets over Libya, since the implementation of the no-fly zone in the country Thursday last week.
Denmark has sent a total of six fighter jets, 132 ground personnel, and additional supplies to the Italian naval air station at Sigonella on Sicily to support the Nato-coordinated action to disable Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s troops and protect Libya’s civilian population.
Major Lars Cramer Larsen of the Royal Danish Defence College told public broadcaster DR that three Danish F-16s were involved in the successful, three-hour mission on Sunday night, which followed on the heels of a successful five-hour mission involving four Danish F-16s.
Codenamed ‘Odyssey Dawn’ the operation includes the participation of planes and ships from eight countries including Denmark, under an American command. French fighter jets fired the first shots in the action on Saturday.
The Royal Danish Air Force bought a total of 77 F-16A/B aircraft in 2 major batches and 2 attrition replacement orders. Of these, 48 aircraft and 14 spares, all upgraded to MLU standard.
All Danish F-16s are equipped with a search light, mounted on the port forward fuselage, in front of and just beneath the canopy. The search light is used for identification during nighttime interceptions, and uses a 450W light bulb.
Late Friday night in an historic vote in the Danish parliament, all of the political parties voted unanimously to support participation in the Nato military action against Gaddafi. The Defence Minister, Gitte Lillelund Bech, told Politiken newspaper that is something Denmark can be proud of.
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