Number 12(Bomber) Squadron has ceased to fly after over a quarter of a century of Tornado operations, the squadron will soon be flying Typhoon.
Between subsequent Operation Herrick deployments during 2011, No. 12 Squadron was deployed in support of Operation Ellamy, the UK’s participation in the military intervention in Libya under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. This saw ten aircrew deploy to Gioia del Colle in southern Italy to bolster the Tornado component during the peak of operations.
The remainder of the squadron was held at readiness to move to RAF Marham to launch Storm Shadow raids on hardened Libyan targets. These missions required three air-to-air refuelling brackets on the outward journey and one further on return to Gioia Del Colle.
Wing Commander Nikki Thomas said:
“It was very poignant for us to deliver the Squadron’s final flight as an operational mission because, since it’s reformation at RAF Marham in January 2015, 12 Squadron has been at the very forefront of UK operations to defeat Daesh.”
On the 14th of December 2017 it was announced by the Ministry of Defence that No. 12 Squadron will operate the Eurofighter Typhoon. The squadron will move to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and will temporarily integrate Qatari air and ground crews in order to provide training and support as part of the Qatari purchase of 24 Typhoons.