On 23 July, two McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR2s of No.41 Squadron arrive at Akrotiri to furnish tactical reconnaissance support for British forces on Cyprus following the Turkish invasion of that island. Subsequently, on the night of 24-25 July a further twelve Phantom FGR2s from No.6 Squadron and No.228 Operational Conversion Unit were despatched to the island to provide additional offensive support and air defence for United Nations operations.
Although no offensive support sorties were flown, combat air patrols were mounted in support of Canberra and Nimrod reconnaissance sorties by Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft from Malta and to guard against possible infringements of British Sovereign Base Area airspace by Turkish aircraft. The Phantom detachment to Cyprus was drawn down during August, with the final aircraft and crews returning to the United Kingdom on 12/13 September.
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