A chance to justify their existence. They must have been jumping for joy when this kicked off.
Just like all the 5 star hotels in southern Italy must have been rubbing their hands in glee with the opportunity for off season trade.
Let's see ... 3 x Type Hoon and 3 x Tornado = 3000 crabs!
The operation is being commanded by an Air Vice Marshall (presumably based in Northwood) with a Gp Capt on the 'ground' in Italy.
For 13 aircraft.
And they wonder why everyone thinks the RAF is over-manned.
The Tornados and TLAMs have done away with the Libyan Airforce.
There isn't anything left to fly in the no fly zone. You could patrol the f*cker in microlights. The Battle of Britain memorial flight could now patrol Libyan airspace. The Red Arrows could patrol it in lovely tight formation and justify their existence.
The Crabs aren't policing a no fly zone; they're trying to shape SDSR.