UK personnel are now authorised to wear the medal and it is to be treated as a campaign medal and worn in date of qualification.
Awarded for operations in support of the uprising against Gadaffi.
NATO took control of all military operations for Libya under United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 & 1973 on 31 March 2011. The aim of Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR was to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under attack or threat of attack.
The mission comprised of three elements: an arms embargo, a no-fly-zone and actions to protect civilians from attack or the threat of attack.
On 28 October 2011, after 211 days, the North Atlantic Council took the formal decision to end the operation at 2359 on the 31 October 2011, the operation will have lasted a total of 214 days.
NATO has fully complied with the historic mandate of the United Nations to protect the people of Libya, to enforce the no-fly zone and the arms embargo. Operation Unified Protector is one of the most successful in NATO history.