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    Navy and Marine Corps aircraft strike Libya

    Navy and Marine Corps aircraft strike Libya

    Courtesy Photo | Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Federico, aviation ordnanceman, loads a Hellfire...... read more read more

    MEDITERRANEAN SEA, USAFRICOM, AT SEA

    03.19.2011

    Courtesy Story

    U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet

    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
    Story ID: 67401
    Location: MEDITERRANEAN SEA, USAFRICOM, AT SEA

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