Text Serge Van Heertum - Pictures : as mentionned      

 

The Lybian no flying zone on a map (Belgian Defense)

 

Since mid February 2011 the world witnessed an uprising that soon became the start of what appeared to be a chain reaction of social and economical inspired revolutions in most of the Arabic countries.  As in the most of these cases the uprising was also influenced by the desire of the population for more democracy after being subjected for years to dictatorship and poverty.  While in some nations the revolution was peace-full and swiftly followed with transition of the existing powers other nations were swept into a violent scene of riots with use of lethal force by law enforcement troops commanded by the dictators who grasped desperately to hold their position they had for so many years.  Under the eye of the world press and threatening pressure of the world community one by one the rulers of these countries had to flee or give in and allow the demands of the people to be granted.  Not so though in the landlocked country Libya were the feared Kadhafi struck down on the democratic movement in an excess of violence turning this rich oil country into a complete civil war.  The means he used and the death toll forced international politic to intervene.  In the United Nations a resolution was accepted ( resolution 1973) to protect the civilian population from it ’s leader  and the dire consequences of an ongoing fight between his army and the rebellion. A military coalition was established mainly under the demand of France and the United States of America.  Other countries joined ( except from Germany and Italy)and today the command of the actions have been passed on to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Nato. Belgium gave his support and joined the coalition with the aid of a Marine ship and 6 F16 AM planes with Kleine-Brogel as home base.

 

What said the resolution 173?

"Military force may only be used to protect civilians and civilian populated areas
under threat of attack in the Lybian Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi,
while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Lybian territory".

 

As far as the resolution text is concerned the mission and task of the coalition forces are clearly outlined.  They should empower and enforce the no fly zone and attack any Libyan ground force that threatens the lives of the civilian population.  During the early stages of the conflict the different objectives and actions were uphold by the air force pilots, fixed radar installations, communication centers, air bases.   All done in order to ensure immediate and overwhelming air superiority.  In a later phase other elements entered the scene: continuous patrols with help of radar planes like the well known AWACS ( Early Warning And Control System).  In case of imminent danger the pilots make an analysis of the situation backed up by a pre-defined checklist and after green light of command he is allowed to intervene using his planes armament to neutralize the potential danger.  All this with great caution not to inflict any collateral damage.

 

 

Mine fighter M923 "Narcis" (Belgian Defense)

 

These planes were at the moment of the decision on a training mission in Greece at the Araxos airbase as part of an ongoing Nato exercise. The resolution was designed to ensure a no fly zone above Libyan  territory and on March 18th our secretary of state decided that our pilots of the 349th squadron would actively take part in the enforcing of the resolution. Later in the month of March, the missions are extended  to air-ground offensive in order to protect the people. Different types of equipment are used such as AMRAM missiles, Sidewinder air-air missiles and laser-guided bombs with GPS for surgical strikes.

 

During the press point held at Defence Ministery on April 15th, the General Van De Voorde underlined that all the F-16's pilots are trained for so kind of engagement. Most of the Belgian pilots have already taken part of an engagement period in Afgahnistan since the three years that the Belgian are present in Khandahar with 6 F-16's. There was also an interesting anecdote during the 349 squadron period in Araxos. This was in fact  simple exercice period and one of the youngest pilot of the squadron had to perform his last flight to be declared combat ready when the conflict started. Thanks to the good will and profesionalism of this pilot, it was decided to make this last proof flight above Lybia. Declared combat ready, this pilot can now tell that he is the only one curently to have performed his final exam flight in a war environement.

 

Curently (April 15th) 136 Belgian military are engaged in the participation of the coalition forces. This include the F-16's pilots, ground crew, AWACS personal and Marine crew of the M923 "Narcis". On April 11th the commandement of Araxos detachement was taken over by the 2 Wing Tac of Florennes. Both 1st and 350 squardon pilots are deployed at Araxos Air Force base.

 

See hereunder the "Freedom Falcon" operation diary.

 

 

Air policing
 (Ch. Debrabanter)
Back to Araxos after a long mission around the Lybian coast
 (Ch. Debrabanter)
   
After an air policing mission the F-16 is rearmed for an air to ground attack
(Ch. Debrabanter)
Wearing the new helmet, a Belgian pilot fully ready
 
(Belgian Defense)
   
Taxiing to the holding point
 
(Belgian Defense)
Take off for the next and real war mission
 
(Belgian Defense)
   
Araxos flight line with Belgian and homebased F-16's (Belgian Defense)
   

Freedom Falcon diary

 

March 21: First missions to the Libyan coast to enforce the no flying zone. 4 hours patrolling with air refueling by 4 F-16's.

March 22: Air defence missions by 4 aircarft without use of the board armement.


March 23: No flyzone mission by 2 F-16's without engagement.

 

March 24: Air policing mission (4 x F-16) in the presence of the Chief of Defence, General Charles-Henri Delcour visiting our forces in Araxos.

 

General Charles-Henri Delcour, Chief of Defence  (Belgian Defense)

 

 

March 25: No fly and aircraft maintenance.


March 26: No flyand aircraft maintenance

 

March 27: First Air to ground attack mission with 2 F-16's on military installations bombarded with laser guided bombs and GPS while Mister Pieter De Crem Minister Of Defence was on visit to observe the operations at Araxos airbase.
 

Mister Pieter De Crem, Minister of defense  (Belgian Defense)

 

March 28: 2 F-16's ground attack mission. Engagement against Lybian forces.

 

March 29: Tasks on offensive military installations, including enemy airfields performed by 4 F-16's.
The rules imposed by the United Nation Organisation and Belgian governement where succesfully followed.

 

Airfield attack, a Lybian Air Force Sukhoi SU-22M-2 is completely detroyed  (Belgian Defense)
 
Lybian Air Force Sukhoi SU-22M-2 (courtesy XAirforce.net)

 

March 30: No fly and aircraft maintenance.

 

March 31: Air defence flights (2 x 2 F-16's). No armement used during the no fly zone patrol.

 

April 01: : Air defence flights (2 F-16's). No armement used during the no fly zone patrol.

 

April 02: No fly and aircraft maintenance.

 

April 03: : Air defence flights and air to grond patrol against civilian menaces (2 F-16's). No armement used during the no fly zone patrol.

 

 

Departure of No Fly Zone missions (Belgian Defence)

 

April 04: : Air to ground attack on Lybian anti aircraft positions with laser or GPS guided armement without colateral damage.

 

April 05: 2 X 2 F-16's mission of the day was canceled to avoid collateral damage.
Khadafi’s troop had installed human shield around the designed target.
To avoid innocent victims the attack was aborded by the
pilots and the F-16’s returned safely to Araxos air base.

 

April 06: : Two air to ground attack Patrol.
One of the Belgian pair attacked Lybian piositions with laser or GPS guided armement without colateral damage.
 

April 07 : One patrol mission (2 F-16's) looking for ground objectives but no armement engaged.

 

April 08 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives but no armement engaged.

 

April 09 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives but no armement engaged.

 

April 10 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. One of the pair used the armemnt.

 

Preparation for a ground attack mission (Belgian Defence)

 

April 11 : No fly and maintenance of the aircraft. This was also the day of crew rotation. 349 squadron way back to Belgium.
Takeover of detachement command by the 2 Wing Tac of Florennes air base. Mix of pilots from 1st and 350 Squadrons.
During 349 Squadron period 60 missions are flown for a totl of 252 flight hours.

 

April 12 : one patrol mission looking for ground objectives but no armement engaged.

 

April 13 : one patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives but no armement engaged.

 

Preparation of the offensive armement (Belgian Defence) Pre flight turn around (Belgian Defence)

 

April 14 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged.

 

April 15 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged.

 

April 16 : Aircraft maintenance, no missions.

 

April 17 : One patrol mission (2 F-16's) looking for ground objectives. No armement engaged.

 

April 18 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged.

 

April 19 : One patrol mission (2 F-16's) looking for ground objectives. No armement engaged.

 

April 20 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. No armement engaged.

 

Flight refueling isn needed to join the Lybian airspace from Araxos
 (Belgian Defence)
A "viper" above Tripoli (Belgian Defence)
 

 

 

April 21 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged and no incident or colateral damage.

 

April 22 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged for one of the two pair.

 

April 23 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged for one of the two pair.

 

April 24 : No flight.

 

April 25 : No flight.

 

April 26 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. No armement engaged.

 

April 27 : No flight due to the bad weather conditions.

 

Arrival of new material (Belgian Defence) Preparation of the armement (Belgian Defence)

 

April 28 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged for one of the two pair and no incident.

 

April 29 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged.

April 30
: No flight.

 

May 01 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged for one of the two pair without colateral damage.

 

May 02 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

May 03 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged for one of the two pair without colateral damage.


May 04 : No informations.

 

Take off for the next mission (Belgian Defence) During the mission (Belgian Defence)

 

May 05 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.


May 06 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.


May 07 : No flight.


May 08 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.


May 09 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.


May 10 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.
 

May 11 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. No armement engaged.

 

May 12 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.
 

May 13 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.
Since this Friday Belgian F-16's have also been engaged in night operation raids on targets in Libya.
In only a week's time ten targets have been destroyed.
The Belgian defence minister Pieter De Crem (CD&V) insists that the bombing raids are covered by UN Resolution 1973.

 

Verification of the armement  (Belgian Defence) Last checks before departure  (Belgian Defence)


May 14 : One night patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.engaged.

 

May 15 : One night patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.engaged.

 

May 16 : No flight.

 

May 17 : One night patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives. No armement engaged.
 

May 18 : One night patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives. No armement engaged.

 

Full armed and ready for next mission (Belgian Defence) During air refueling on the way to Lybia (© 128 ARW)

 

May 19 : One night patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives. No armement engaged.

 

May 20 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.

 

May 21 : No flight, maintenance.

 

May 22 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.

 

May 23 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage for both pair.

 

May 24 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage for both pair.

 

May 25 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.

 

May 26 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. No armement engaged.

 

May 27 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged for both pairs without colateral damage.

 

May 28 : No flight, maintenance.

 

May 29 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged for both pairs without colateral damage.

 

May 30 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. No armement engaged.

 

May 31 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.

 

Going to the plane for the next mission (Michael Lesent) Sunshine, an F-16 is ready for a night mission (Michael Lesent)

 

June 01 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. No armement engaged.

 

June 02 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives. No armement engaged.

 

June 03 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.

 

June 04 : No flight, maintenance.

 

June 05 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged for both pairs without colateral damage.

 

June 06 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.

 

June 07 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged for both pairs without colateral damage.

 

June 06 : One patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

June 09 : One patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
No armement engaged.

 

June 10 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged for both pairs without colateral damage.

Belgian F-16's engaged in the operation "Freedom Falcon"
have accomplished a total of 1000 flight hours.

 

(© Belgian Defence)

 

June 11 : No flight, maintenance.

 

June 12 : One patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

June 13 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
No armement engaged.

 

June 14 : One patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

June 15 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
No armement engaged.

 

From June 16 to July 06 : No infos.


July 07 : One patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
No armement engaged.

 

July 08 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged by one of the pair without colateral damage.

 

July 09 : No flight, maintenance.

 

July 10 : One night patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

July 11 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.
No armement engaged.

 

July 12 : One night patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

July 13 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage for one of the pair.

 

On taxi under the sun of Greece  (Michael Lesent) Back from air interdiction mission (Michael Lesent)

 

July 14 : One night patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

July 15 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

July 16 : No flight, maintenance.

 

July 17 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

July 18 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

July 19 : One night patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

July 20 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

July 21 : No flight, maintenance.

 

Armement handling (Belgian Defence) Toke off for air policy mission (Belgian Defence)

 

July 22 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

July 23 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

July 24 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

July 25 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

July 26 : One patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

July 27 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

July 28 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

July 29 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

July 30 : No flight, maintenance.

 

July 31 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

Araxos Belgian sector (Belgian Defence)

 

August 01 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

August 02 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

August 03 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

August 04 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

August 05 : No flight, maintenance.

 

August 06 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage. One of the mission was canceled due to the bad weather conditions.

 

August 07 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

August 08 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

August 09 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

August 10 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

Back to Araxos after the mission  (Belgian Defence) Rearmement for the next air to ground mission  (Belgian Defence)

 

August 11 : No flight, maintenance.

 

August 13 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

August 14 : One night patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

Mission was canceled because no tanker available for the needed flight refueling.

 

August 15 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

August 16 : One night patrol mission (4 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

August 17 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

August 18 : One night patrol mission (4 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

August 19 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

August 20 : No flight, maintenance.

 

August 21 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

August 22 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

This date is already considered as the fall of the dictatorial regime of Mouammar Kadhafi,

after the entry of the rebels in Tripoli.
Belgian Defence published the following results:
1880 flight hours
448 missions
365 bombs dropped on the Libyan territory
Total cost of the operation: 25 million euros (including the mine hunters of the Navy)

 

August 23 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

August 24 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

Ready to go  (Belgian Defence) During a day mission  (Belgian Defence)

 

August 25 : One patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No Armement engaged.
 

August 26 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

August 27 : No flight, maintenance.

August 28 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.
 

August 29 : One patrol mission (4 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
During the flight to the war zone the mission was devided into two different patrol.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

August 30 : One patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage.

August 31 : One patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage.

September 01 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 02 : No flight, maintenance.

 

September 03 : One night patrol mission (4 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 04 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.
 

September 05 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 06 : Two night patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 07 : One patrol mission (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No Armement engaged.

 

Night mission  (Belgian Defence) At sunshine  (Belgian Defence)

September 08 : No flight, maintenance.

September 09 : One patrol mission (4 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage.

September 10 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 11 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

September 12 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

September 13 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 14 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 15 : No flight, maintenance.

 

September 16 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

September 17 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 18 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

September 19 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

 

September 20 : One patrol mission (4 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 21 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 22 : No flight, maintenance.

 

September 23 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 24 : One patrol mission (4 F-16) looking for ground objectives.
Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 25 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 26 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

 

September 27 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

September 28 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

Sniper Pod  (Serge Van Heertum) Night Vision Gogles NVG  (Belgian Defence)

 

September 29 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.
 

September 30 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Armement engaged without colateral damage.

October 01 : No flight, maintenance.

October 02 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

October 03 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.
 

October 04 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.
 

October 05 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

October 06 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

October 07 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

Both mission canceled due lack of tanker.

 

 

October 08 : No flight, maintenance.

 

October 09 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

October 10 : No flight due bad weather conditions.

 

October 11 : Two patrol missions (2 F-16 each) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

October 12 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

October 13 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

October 14 : No flight due bad weather conditions.
 

October 15 : No flight due bad weather conditions.

 

October 17 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

October 18 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.
 

October 19 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

October 20 : Press point by Mister Pieter De Crem, Minister of defense:

"Colonel Kadhafi is passed away and his dictatorial regim is neutralised".
This means that we are going to the end of the operation Freedom Falcon-Unified Protector.

The conditions have to be negociated with the NATO partners. During this operation the

Belgian have accomplished 2560 flight hours in 614 missions.
The armement was engaged 472 times (laser or GPS bomb) with a precision estimated at 96-97%.
The Navy accomplished a total of 134 sea days with the "Narcis" and afterward with the "Lobelia".

 

The Chief of Defense General Delcourt have also underlined that thanks to the profesionalism

and the high precision armement used during this operation there was no civilian victims to be deplored.

 

30 minutes before the fatal attack to Mouamar Kadhafi convoy by the French Mirage 2000D
and a US Predator unmaned aerial vehicle, Belgian F-16 were in the area and it was possible
that this last action had to be devoted to the Belgian F-16's

 

October 27 : One patrol missions (2 F-16) looking for ground objectives.

No armement engaged.

 

October 28 : No flight, Stand by.

 

October 29 : Press point with Minister of defense at Araxos airbase.

Last patrol missions (2 F-16  FA57 & FA94). No armement engaged.

Two of the six Belgian F-16 left Aroxos Airbase, back to Belgium (Florennes)

 

 

Last pictures from Araxos Airbase on October 29th, 2011

 

Press point at Araxos in presence of Mister Pieter De Crem
 (Gérard Gaudin - Belga)

  Interview of "Biki"  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga)
   
Last armements ready to be loaded  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga) Run Up  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga)
   
FA94 waiting for the taxi  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga) FA57 on taxi  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga)
   
FA94 ready  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga) Rolling on crew chief instructions  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga)
   
FA57 on take off  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga) 5 hours later back from the last operational mission above Lybia
  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga)
   
Landing...  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga) ...and still armed  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga)
   
Pilot going in the FA107, one of the 2 plane that leaved Araxos
on Saturday October 29th, direction Belgium  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga)
Equipped with an additional center fuel tank and ready to taxi
  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga)
   
FA103 on the Belgian parking  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga) The Falcon 900D awaiting the delegation before departure back to Belgium
  (Gérard Gaudin - Belga)
   

 

October 30 : No flight, Stand by.

 

October 31 : The four last F-16 left Aroxos Airbase, back to Belgium and arrived at Florennes Airbase around noon.

The M921 will be back at Zeebrugge end of November.

At 23:59 the NATO operation "Freedom Falcon - Unified Protector" was officialy ended.

 

November 01 : End of the mission. A redeployement team (30 people) stayed at Araxos for the material reconditionning and rapatriation.

 

Mission completed, the material is loaded in a C-130H  (Belgian Defence)

 

November 24 : A ceremony was organised at Beauvechain Airbase to underline the good job done by all the operation "Unified Protector" participant. A commemorative medal was decerned to all of them by Prince Philippe of Belgium in presence of General Charles-Henri Delcourt and other NATO authorities.

 

With the presence of Prince Philippe of Belgium  (Belgian Defence) The honorific decoration  (Belgian Defence)
   
The warm congratulations from the Prince to all the operation participants
  (Belgian Defence)
F-16's Fly By  (Belgian Defence)
 
   

 

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