Britain's largest RAF base, Akrotiri,70 miles (112 kilometres) south west of Nicosia, is on a 24-hour stand by ready to airlift British citizens out of jordan if necessary.
Britain's largest RAF base, Akrotiri,70 miles (112 kilometres) south west of Nicosia, is on a 24-hour stand by ready to airlift British citizens out of jordan if necessary. The aircraft are a squadron of Argosy transports and the crew continuously check aircraft to keep them in complete readiness.
Although there is no immediate likelihood of intervention, contingency plans exist for the rescue of British nationals. British officials have said that the airlift would also be used, if necessary, to bring out the hostages from the multiple hijacking of three aircraft to Dawson's Field, north Jordan, earlier this month, on their release by the Palestinian guerrillas.
The Unites States is also taking similar precautions for the safety of American nationals. The U.S. Sixth Fleet standing off Syria has a landing force of 1,500 marines and the air power of the fleet behind them; and in Turkey US transport aircraft are at a state of readiness in case an airlift is ordered.
Britain's 42 Marine Commando unit, stationed in Singapore, has begun arriving in Cyprus. The converted carrier "Albion" landed a small headquarters unite before leaving for Malta and the commandos are scheduled to arrive in several flights within the next few days.
The Commandos are taking part in an exercise in the Mediterranean involving helicopter and troops. The represence has caused much speculation about a possible British intervention, but Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the British Foreign Minister has insisted that it is totally unconnected with the current crisis in Jordan.