Canadian aircrew returns from Libya

The last of the Canadian pilots and aircrew who helped enforce a UN-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya have returned home to a military air base in Nova Scotia.

CFB GREENWOOD, N.S. — The last of the Canadian pilots and aircrew who helped enforce a UN-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya have returned home to a military air base in Nova Scotia.

Soon after a CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft touched down Saturday morning at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood, there were scores of tearful reunions on the tarmac among the crews’ family and friends.

The Canadian air units had been in the Mediterranean since the spring.

The Aurora was part of Operation Mobile, Canada’s contribution to the NATO-led mission to protect civilians in Libya.

On Friday, the seven CF-18 fighter jets that took part in the mission returned to their air base at CFB Bagotville in Quebec.