libya Operation Deference

Benghazi and Tripoli


With civil war in Libya increasing threatening civilians, the UK government ordered the British Armed Forces to perform a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO), codenamed Deference.

Forward HQ was established in Malta, where the RAF deployed a number of C-130 transports and Chinook HC.2 for extractions of British nationals in and around Tripoli. The Royal Navy diverted assets near theatre or in transt to extract via Benghazi.

A number of other nations mounted similar operations, in particular, Germany under Operation Pegasus, to Crete and Canada, under Operation Mobile.


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DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels

Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation


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Guided-Missile Destroyer  Type 42 (Batch 3)   Royal Navy D98 HMS York,
Frigate  Type 22 (Batch 3) Cornwall class   Royal Navy F85 HMS Cumberland,

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