Royal Air Force personnel from IX (Bomber) Squadron, based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, have become the first to receive a medal for their part in the UK’s Libya operation last year.

They were presented with NATO’s Non-Article 5 Operation Unified Protector medal.

IX(B) Squadron were the first RAF fast-jet squadron to participate in Operation Ellamy (the UK’s name for its contribution to Unified Protector).

They launched Storm Shadow missions from their base in Norfolk, the 3000 mile round trips being the first RAF strike missions launched from the UK since the Second World War.

IX(B) Squadron are in the final stages of preparation ahead of their forthcoming deployment on Op HERRRICK during the period November to March 2013.