Summary Of The Military Assets In Play In Operation "Odyssey Dawn"

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Allied warplanes in a coalition led by France and backed by Arab nations have gone into action to stop Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces attacking the rebel-held city of Benghazi .

U.S. and British ships and submarines fired more than 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libyan targets to take out their air defences, although no U.S. aircraft were flying over Libya.

Following are assets that are being used, or could be used, in action against Muammar Gaddafi's troops and those belonging to his military:


France has some 20 fighter jets deployed in an initial operation in Libya, including Rafale multirole war planes, Mirage fighter jets and at least one AWACS surveillance aircraft. The target area involved is a area 62 by 93 miles (100 km by 150 km) around the rebel-controlled city of Benghazi.

The French operation is being run out of the Solenzara air base in the Mediterranean island of Corsica, around an hour's flight from Libya in a fighter jet.

France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier is on the French Mediterranean coast and will head to Libya around midday on Sunday. It could reach the Libyan coast by late Monday carrying 15 fighter jets. Its battle group includes three frigates, a fuel-supply ship and an attack submarine.

France also has air forces bases near the Mediterranean towns of Marseille and Istres, about an hour and a half from Libya. Airborne refuelling tanker aircraft were ready on Friday to deploy from Istres.

France rejoined NATO's military command in 2009, reversing four decades of self-imposed exile


Britain deployed its air forces later on Saturday, likely to be Typhoon patrol jets and all-weather Tornado attack aircraft normally based at Royal Air Force bases in Scotland and the eastern county of Norfolk, as well as air-to-air refuelling and surveillance aircraft.

Britain has two frigates off the Libyan coast: HMS Cumberland and HMS Westminster. The Ministry of Defence said it was not clear if they would be used in any operation and added that destroyers could also be deployed.


The United States started a "limited military action" in Libya several hours after France that included launching strikes along the Libyan coast that would target Libyan air defences.

The U.S. military deployed planes, cruise missiles and electronic attacks, the Pentagon said.

A defence official said the U.S. Navy has three submarines outfitted with Tomahawk missiles in the Mediterranean ready to participate, including attack submarines Newport News and the Providence. They were were joined by two Navy ships.

Tomahawk missiles can cripple aircraft of anti-aircraft defences in a no-fly operation.

In all, the U.S. Navy has five combat ships in the Mediterranean, including at least one guided missile destroyer, but there are no U.S. aircraft carriers close to Libya.

The USS Enterprise, which was recently stationed in the Red Sea, has been moved eastwards, away from Libya, to join the USS Carl Vinson,in the Arabian Sea to support Afghanistan operations.

Aviano, south of the Alps in Italy, is the region's only U.S. air base with aircraft assigned to it -- 42 F-16s. The Pentagon has not discussed the positioning of other planes in the region. The United States has a range of Mediterranean military bases and installations in Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey.


Canada's HMCS Charlottetown warship has joined naval actions, including a naval blockade, taking place off Libya, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told reporters.

Canadian fighter jets have reached the region but need another day or two of preparation before they can join the mission, a Canadian government spokesman said.


Italy has deployed dozens of combat aircraft at its base at Trapani, in western Sicily in readiness for possible involvement in airstrikes on Libya.

Tornado fighters that can be used to destroying enemy air defences and radar as well as F-16s and Eurofighters used for air-to-air defence have been moved to Trapani from bases in Piacenza in northern Italy, Gioia del Colle in Apulia.

Italy has also offered the use of a NATO base near the city of Naples for joint command centre for the joint operation, and could participate later on in military activities, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said.

Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa said in all seven bases in Italy -- at Amendola, Gioia del Colle, Sigonella, Aviano, Trapani, Decimomannu and Pantelleria -- were available and some allies had already asked to use them.

Five of them are on the southern mainland or Sicily, making them some of the closest available bases to Libya.

Source: Reuters

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DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Let the Europeans handle this one.

billhilly's picture

Nice thought but no chance in hell the grand-standing, egocentric US of A would allow a chance at battle pass by...gotta distract the peoples from the financial crisis.  Plus, they have to use some of the older stock of missles and such so they have more reason to spend on new stuff.  The corporate/military/ponzi system needs fresh money!

Oh yeah, then there is the OIL!

How'd you get a first post from Peru?

Xkwisetly Paneful's picture

Of course, with the nuke disaster it became obvious more US nuke power is 1000yrs away,

so better bolster those oil reserves.


Do you people actually dress yourselves?

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Blind luck!  The USA is not the only country with DSL...

I still would have liked to have seen how FRANCE handled this, but I just read elsewhere that the USA has chipped in with firing some 100 missiles.

Uhh.  None of this is going to end well.

DeeDeeTwo's picture

France = Big Cheese. Qadaffi has not even started to play dirty yet. A ground invasion is baked in the cake, baby.

Zero Govt's picture


Operation "Odyssey Dawn" ....or Operation "Another Farcical Foreign Fuking Mess"


FunkyMonkeyBoy's picture

For f**k sake, can't we have a day go by on this planet when some knuckle head brainwashed U.S. military moron (and other western world morons) isn't killing some brown people, because a man in a suit owned by some scum of the earth banker told them too.

Xkwisetly Paneful's picture

Damn straight they wanna be oppressed by despotic dictators that is their right!'s picture

Perhaps you'll be lucky enough to have all your troubles blasted away in a missle strike someday.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Funny isn't it Crockett, how DemonCrazy needs to be harmoniously bombed into people's lives now-adays?


snowball777's picture

Oh, that's why we sell them all those weapons and prop them up the world over.

Xkwisetly Paneful's picture

Yea sure it is. Western world intervention to bring the caveman into the 21st century is the root of all evil,haven't you been keeping up on your ZH lately?'s picture

Those Geico commercials getting to you or what?

ibjamming's picture

The sooner we realize we CAN'T bring those cavemen into western society...the better off we'll fucking be!  We've wasted so much god damn time and money trying to get brown people "equal" to whites/asians it isn't funny.  Talk about throwing good money after bad.  Wake up!  It ain't happening...brown people in general can't make the cut...JV at best...  So stop wasting everyone's time...

falak pema's picture

Need a melanin injection to make you feel comfortable?

scatterbrains's picture

what's amazing is all that oil money these sand niggas been collecting all these years and can't a one send a single missle into the bowls of one of these ships. Not that I want to see that happen but man... why haven't we just conquered their oil decades ago ?


Spitzer's picture


good point. This is looking too easy, a fairer fight is more entertaining.

The Axe's picture

e seems to be a lot of European morons in the Med to...don't think?

Ahmeexnal's picture

Once again, the plutocracies of europe initiate a world war.

And the U.S. has been dragged into it easier than in the previous ones.

The moslem street inside europe is about to go kablaam!

Breaker's picture

"The moslem street inside europe is about to go kablaam!"

I'm not so sure it will. European Muslims are increasingly radicalized. Ghadaffi is a dinosaur in the world of purist Islam. I suspect the French gvt will get brownie points with it's Muslim population for it's participation.

duncecap rack's picture

I think the Arab league requested this action.

ZackAttack's picture

Oceania has *always* been at war with Eurafrica.


jesse livermoore's picture

Duh............ winning........

Mae Kadoodie's picture

examples of oxymorons: jumbo shrimp, open secret, led by France.

Ahmeexnal's picture

The Arab world will soon galvanize around Muammar.


JW n FL's picture

I am Paul and I see where you dare not look.. dont forget it.

MsCreant's picture

Are you saying Ghadaffy can see into his girly place?

snowball777's picture

Kwisatz Haderach, bitchez!

(note: definitely not Mo)

Reptil's picture

Neh, Ghadaffi isn't a people's hero.

Though he dreams of it, with his eyes open.

The people that support him now are the ones that took his side, because they thought he'd win.

eddiebe's picture

Gimme that oil!

CrashisOptimistic's picture

Look carefully at that.

It's a piddlin 1.5 million bpd.  The world uses 75 mbpd, and they're going to war over 1.5.

Now try to return to the delusion that there is sufficient oil flow and no problems at all going forward.

Bay of Pigs's picture

That's correct. This is a much bigger operation than Libya. Who's next?

On a brighter note, gold and silver should do well next week.'s picture

silver should do well next week.


I believe that I once read that a cruise missile incorporates 1100 oz of silver. I think we fired off 110 of those today. Will Blythe be scouring Tripolitan ruble in search of needed supplies?

Richard Head's picture

Ever heard of the term "marginal supply", jacknuts?

CrashisOptimistic's picture

Marginal supply can't be an issue if there is all that spare pumping capacity claimed.

Going to war proves about as clearly as it can be proven that there is none.  Take 1 mbpd out and things start to die.

It's not going to be much longer.

billwilson's picture

High quality stuff, not Saudi carp, plus you have to look at exported product (not overall demand). As a percentage of exported crude it is much higher.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

How is this relevant to the overall point?

There Is No Slack.  Oil Production Levels Are Insufficient.

Lose just 1 mbpd and upheaval asserts itself.

Flakmeister's picture

Correct... Libyan exports are about 3% of supply.

Saudi Arabia is now infested with Asian Carp??

Oh regional Indian's picture

Crash, this is NOT about oil at all. This is juiced and laced with esoteric overtones and blood-lust undertones.

Note the 7 year time-lapse, to the day and the serving up of blood, gore adn bombs away on the 33rd parallel.

Trying to put logic to what is an in-herently illogical situation is a fool's errand.

Call me illogical, but I see this spreading left and right and up towards Europe as all the dispossed Tunisians, libyans and Algerians and assorted other Arabic immigrants in France (last time I was there, I saw more Burkha's than minis) Italy...start to rumble.

But of course, common man's suffering is in-consequential in the planner's diaries.


gordengeko's picture

You're right about the esoteric overtones.  They DO NOT choose names, dates or locations by happenstance.  BTW the 33rd parallel goes thru Japan and is also the location of 33 liberty street and a significant level in freemasonry, 33 degree.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Precisely my point GG.

Nothing is by "accident", just by deluded design.


Jendrzejczyk's picture

"The U.S. military deployed planes, cruise missiles and electronic attacks, the Pentagon said."

Are we using emps (or just spamming Daffy's in box for fun)?

Drag Racer's picture

EMPs... lol, too much Hollywood man.

It is called jamming of communication and radar