Wednesday, March 23, 2011
OPERATION ODYSSEY DAWN: Government of France sends aircraft carrier to Libya
France is sending its aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle Libya to expand the air campaign against the forces of Muammar Qaddafi. The ship, carrying 20 military aircraft, most of them Rafale and Super Etendard jets older, two helicopters and surveillance aircraft E-2 Hawkeye, leave the port of Toulon, southern France, at 9am (GMT).
According to French military, the Charles de Gaulle is 24 hours of the Libyan coast, but may take 36 to 48 hours to reach the site after loading the fighter jets and landing exercises.
The aircraft carriers would be escorted by three frigates - the antissubmarino Duplex, The antiaircraft Forbin and AconiteWith Stealth technology - and the tanker La Meuse. The French naval group will be protected by a nuclear submarine, the military added.
The French warplanes continued making reconnaissance flights in Libya on Sunday morning as part of the expanded role of the West in the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq led by the USA in 2003.
Yesterday, the Jets led the action western France, with four air strikes on Libya, destroying several armored forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. The attacks came before the U.S. warships and a submarine firing the UK at least 100 Tomahawk missiles against the batteries of radar and antiaircraft missiles from Qaddafi.
The intervention was authorized by Resolution 1973 the Security Council of the United Nations, which allowed the use of force to protect civilians from attacks by Libyan forces Qaddafi.
In brief audio message broadcast on state television last night, Gaddafi described the action as "an unwarranted and barbaric aggression of the Crusaders." He vowed to retaliate with attacks on civilian and military targets in the Mediterranean. The information is of Dow Jones.