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Glance of Assets Massing for Libya Military Action

Saturday, 19 Mar 2011 05:28 PM

 

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Here's a look at some of the international military assets in or heading to the region to help enforce the U.N.-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya:

France:

  • Deployed eight Rafale and four Mirage jets to survey rebel-held Benghazi; one fired on a Libyan military vehicle in first military strike of operation.
  • Six C-135 refueling tankers
  • 1 AWACS surveillance plane
  • Deploying the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to the region Sunday from Toulon.
  • Also envisages using anti-air frigates Jean-Bart and Forbin, anti-submarine frigate Dupleix, the Aconit frigate and a refueling ship La Meuse.

Canada:

  • Sent six F-18s to Italy base; 140 military personnel involved.
  • Frigate HMCS Charlottetown is in Mediterranean for possible staging ground for Canadian forces.

United States:

  • Has launched missile attacks on Libyan air defenses but so far not participating in initial air missions.
  • Has two guided-missile destroyers in the Mediterranean, the USS Barry and USS Stout, two amphibious warships, the USS Kearsarge and USS Ponce, and a command-and-control ship, the USS Mount Whitney. The submarine USS Providence was also in the Mediterranean.
  • Witnesses reported five F-18s, two C-17s and a C-130 cargo plane arrived at U.S. air base at Aviano in northern Italy, which is home to the 31st Fighter Wing.

Denmark:

  • Six F-16s arrived at U.S. air base in Sigonella, Sicily and could be deployed as early as Sunday; 132 support staff.

Italy:

  • Offered use of seven military bases: U.S. air bases at Sigonella, Sicily and Aviano in northern Italy; Italian air bases in Amendola near Foggia, Decimomannu in Sardinia, Gioia del Colle near Bari, base on Sicilian island of Pantelleria, and the military airport of Trapani, Sicily.
  • Proposed NATO base in Naples serve as coordination point for operation.
  • Says it has four anti-radar and anti-missile Tornados and six other aircraft available to fly with 15 minutes notice.
  • Aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi off Sicily with eight aircraft aboard.

Spain:

  • Sent four F-18s and a Boeing 707 refueling plane to Italy base.
  • Deploying a submarine, naval frigate and a surveillance plane.
  • Placed two bases at NATO's disposal, Rota and Moron de la Frontera, where several U.S. Air Force planes were seen Friday.

Britain:

  • Said it would send Typhoon and Tornado jets to air bases, but no British fighter assets have yet been deployed, the Ministry of Defense said.
  • Britain's air base in southern Cyprus, RAF Akrotiri, supporting AWACS surveillance aircraft and has a team of personnel there to coordinate British aircraft movement.
  • Two British frigates, HMS Westminster and HMS Cumberland, are in the Mediterranean off Libya's coast.

Norway:

  • Offered six F-16s, with around 100 support staff, but operational capabilities five-six days off.
  • Considering contributing an Orion maritime surveillance plane.

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