Sunday, March 20, 2011
Coalition Launches 'Operation Odyssey Dawn'
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
The goal of the military coalition is to prevent further attacks by regime forces on Libyan citizens, officials said, adding that the coalition also wants to degrade the ability of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime to resist a no-fly zone being implemented.
Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is commanded by U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear aboard the command ship USS Mount Whitney. The
Mount Whitney joins 24 other ships from , Italy , the Canada and United Kingdom in launching the operation. France
Cruise missiles from
submarines and frigates began the attack on the anti-aircraft system. A senior defense official speaking on background said the attacks will “open up the environment so we could enforce the no-fly zone from east to west throughout U.S. .” Libya
In addition to the cruise missiles, the
will provide command and control and logistics. American airmen and sailors also will launch electronic attacks against the systems. United States
, United Kingdom , France and Italy already have announced that they are part of the coalition. Officials expect Arab countries will publicly announce their participation soon. Canada