Glance of assets for Libya military action

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Posted: Mar 20, 2011 10:30 AM
Glance of assets for Libya military action

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:

United States:

_ After barrage of attacks by sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles Saturday, an array of U.S. warplanes _ including several Air force B-2 stealth bombers _ followed in the pre-dawn hours Sunday with a coordinated assault using precision-guided bombs

_Navy EA-18G Growlers launched from unspecified land bases to provide electronic warfare support over Libya.

_Marine AV-8B Harriers from the USS Kearsarge sailing in the Mediterranean conducted strikes against Gadhafi's ground forces and air defenses.

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

_Deployed the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to the region from Toulon, accompanied by the 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.

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 Sunday or Monday.

_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.

Belgium:

_8 Belgian F-16s and 200 air force personnel are now at the Greek air base of Araxos west of Athens, the Belga news agency reported. They will be ready to start flying missions on Monday.