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Italy Removes Aircraft Carrier from Libya Campaign

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Published: 7 Jul 2011 10:13

 

ROME - Italy is withdrawing its aircraft carrier the Garibaldi from NATO's operation in Libya to cut 80 million euros ($114 million) in costs, a minister announced July 6.

 

They also planned to pull out another ship from the mission.

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RIAT: RAF details expanded contribution to Libyan campaign

By Craig Hoyle

 

The UK Royal Air Force has provided a new update on its combat activities in Libya, and announced plans to boost its commitment of fast jets to the NATO campaign to 22 aircraft.

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Below can be found some Operation Ellamy data shown at the briefing, relating to the combined fleet of RAF Tornado and Typhoon:

 

-- Sorties flown: 1,114

-- % completed sorties on NATO total: 21%

-- Hours flown: 2,395

-- Average sortie time: 2.14 hours

-- % of all NATO strikes: 15%

-- Typhoon ATO: 97%

-- Tornado ATO: 97%

-- Typhoon strikes: 91

-- Tornado strikes: 455

-- Overall success rate: 97%

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OK. This has been going on since mid March. Is Libya just one big hole in the ground now or does someone have an update?

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OK. This has been going on since mid March. Is Libya just one big hole in the ground now or does someone have an update?

 

The struggle continues, obviously. I expect most everyone will agree that Qaddafi and his 'infrastructure' proved a tougher nut to crack than anyone would have believed, excepting those who are aware of the limits of airpower, and 'limited' airpower at that. ;)

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Norway Withdraws Jets from Libya Ops: Military

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Published: 1 Aug 2011 13:15

 

OSLO - Norway on Aug. 1 withdrew as planned its final four F-16 fighter jets that have been taking part in the NATO-led mission over Libya, the Norwegian military said.

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Libyan Missile Fired at Italian Vessel

04/08/2011 10:05:00

 

In a rare attack on the NATO fleet offshore, Libyan government forces fired a missile at an Italian warship in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday. The incident has been confirmed by Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim.

 

The target appears to have been the italian frigate Bersagliere, which was about 19 kilometres off the Libyan city of Zlitan. The missile fell harmlessly into the sea about two km away, the Italian defence ministry and NATO reported.

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France to Withdraw Aircraft Carrier From Libya Ops

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Published: 4 Aug 2011 20:28

 

PARIS - France said Aug. 4 its aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle would return home for maintenance next week from the NATO-led mission over Libya, but insisted there would be no respite for Moammar Gadhafi.

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August 5, 2011 10:29 am

Libya rebels say Gaddafi’s son killed by Nato

Reuters

 

A Libyan rebel spokesman said on Friday that a Nato air attack had killed 32 people, among then Colonel Muammer Gaddafi’s son Khamis, who serves as one of the main commanders of the Libyan leader’s military forces.

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Navy: UAV Likely Shot Down by Pro-Gadhafi Forces

By JOSHUA STEWART

Published: 5 Aug 2011 15:51

 

A Navy unmanned helicopter that crashed over Libya in June was likely shot down by forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi, a Navy spokesman said.

 

An investigation revealed no evidence of a mechanical or operator error in the June 21 crash. The MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter was likely shot down during an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission, said 6th Fleet spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Mark Walton.

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