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Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Federico, aviation ordnanceman, loads a Hellfire missile on to a MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge in preparation of Operation Odyssey Dawn missions. Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. UNSCR 1973 authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces. JTF Odyssey Dawn is commanded by U.S. Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III. (Photo by: Petty Officer 3rd Class Scott Pittman)

By Joint Force Maritime Component Command Odyssey Dawn Public Affairs

MEDITERRANEAN SEA – U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers positioned in coalition military bases and U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers aboard the USS Kearsarge launched during the early hours in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn to enforce U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, which is centered on protecting Libyan citizens from any further harm from Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi’s regime, March 20.

U.S. Navy Growlers provided electronic warfare support over Libya while AV-8B Harriers from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted strikes against Qadhafi 's ground forces and air defenses joining an international effort to halt an offensive against the Libyan populace.

“Protecting the innocent and conducting combined operations are what we are designed to do,” said Col. Mark J. Desens, commanding officer of 26th MEU. “Our forces are doing both as part of the U.S. commitment to protect Libyan citizens.”

Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. UNSCR 1973 authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces.

JTF Odyssey Dawn is commanded by U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, III.


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Date Taken:03.19.2011

Date Posted:03.20.2011 08:01

Location:MEDITERRANEAN SEA, USAFRICOM, AT SEA

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