Small RAF crew in Sicily support operations over Libya

#1
Ministry of Defence said:
The detachment of around 200 personnel at Trapani, on the Italian island of Sicily, is playing a key role in the RAF's contribution to Operation ELLAMY, the UK operations over Libya.

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#3
How many personnel have the RAF got deployed on this operation?
 
#6
I'm delighted to hear we have a deployable Operational Laundry Unit.

Things have moved on a lot since the old days :nod:
Don't mock operational laundry. Have you never heard of the Siegfried Line?

Some of us have seen considerable action as Laundry & Morale Officers. I could tell you stories of extreme ironing that would make you as white as a sheet but that would mean airing dirty linen in public.
 
#7
How many personnel have the RAF got deployed on this operation?
According to Nick Harvey in a letter on 21 June, "The number of RAF personnel (rounded to the nearest 50) deployed in support of Operation ELLAMY as at 1 June 2011 is shown below":

Gioia Dell Colle, Italy: 550 (Monthly accom £1,000,000)
Trapani, Italy: 150 (Monthly accom £300,000)
Poggia Renatico, Italy: 50 (Monthly accom £150,000)
Naples, Italy: 50 (Monthly accom £80,000)
Akrotiri, Cyprus: 100 (Monthly accom £42,000)

Total: 900 (Total monthly accommodation cost £1,572,000)
However, the more recent article kicking off this thread states there are 200 at Trapani so draw your own conclusions accordingly.
 
#8
According to Nick Harvey in a letter on 21 June, "The number of RAF personnel (rounded to the nearest 50) deployed in support of Operation ELLAMY as at 1 June 2011 is shown below":



However, the more recent article kicking off this thread states there are 200 at Trapani so draw your own conclusions accordingly.
When you include Akrotiri, do you mean those posted there, or is there an additional Tornado det?

Even if it is the second, the troops would be put up in SLA at Aki, so can you really include that in the figure.

Not that I would in any way think you have an ulterior, carrier borne motive to posting on this thread! ;-)
 
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When you include Akrotiri, do you mean those posted there, or is there an additional Tornado det?

Even if it is the second, the troops would be put up in SLA at Aki, so can you really include that in the figure.

Not that I would in any way think you have an ulterior, carrier borne motive to posting on this thread! ;-)
Don't shoot the messenger. The letter was phrased as quoted and contained the information supplied, presumably from RAF sources. :nod:
 
#10
one and half million for 900 bods... do they ll have their own personal 12x12, kero heater and camp cot then?
 
#11
Don't mock operational laundry. Have you never heard of the Siegfried Line?

Some of us have seen considerable action as Laundry & Morale Officers. I could tell you stories of extreme ironing that would make you as white as a sheet but that would mean airing dirty linen in public.
I mock not, Sir. I was greatly pleased to discover an Operational Shower Unit operating at a secret base in the Malayan jungle, back in the happy 60's.


BTW that was 'Shower', as in 'Ablutions' rather than any reflection on the 3-4 sqns of AAC rotary-winged things operating from that loc. :)
 

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