US and UK Naval Forces Begin Odyssey Dawn in Libya

20 March 2011 (Last Updated March 20th, 2011 18:30)

US and UK naval forces have participated in coordinated strikes against key Libyan military installations as part of the coalition no-fly-zone plan to enforce UN Resolution 1973. US Navy Arleigh Burke Class guided-missile destroyers USS Stout (DDG 55) and USS Barry (DDG 52), and submarine

US and UK naval forces have participated in coordinated strikes against key Libyan military installations as part of the coalition no-fly-zone plan to enforce UN Resolution 1973.

US Navy Arleigh Burke Class guided-missile destroyers USS Stout (DDG 55) and USS Barry (DDG 52), and submarines USS Providence (SSN 719), USS Scranton (SSN 756) and USS Florida (SSGN 728) have participated in the strike.

The USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and USS Ponce (LPD 15) also took part in the strikes.

A UK Royal Navy Trafalgar Class submarine was also in action, launching Tomahawk land attack missiles against Libyan air defence systems.

About 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles were used to strike against Libyan air defences, surface-to-air missile sites and communication nodes.

HMS Westminster and HMS Cumberland are positioned off the coast of Libya to support operations when required.

The French Navy flagship, the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier with 20 warplanes, is also heading to Libya to bolster the West's air campaign against Muammar Gaddafi's forces and protect Libyan civilians.