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US Navy P-3C, USAF A-10 and USS Barry Engage Libyan Vessels

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US Navy P-3C, USAF A-10 and USS Barry Engage Libyan Vessels

Story Number: NNS110329-03 Release Date: 3/29/2011 10:57:00 AM 5 Comments Rate this story! 
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USS MOUNT WHITNEY, At Sea (NNS) -- A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft and guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52), engaged Libyan Coast Guard vessel Vittoria and two smaller craft March 28.

The vessels were engaged after confirmed reports that Vittoria and accompanying crafts were firing indiscriminately at merchant vessels in the port of Misrata, Libya.

The P-3C fired at Vittoria with AGM-65F Maverick missiles, rendering the 12-meter patrol vessel ineffective and forcing it to be beached after multiple explosions were observed in the vicinity of the port.

Two smaller Libyan craft were fired upon by the A-10 using its 30mm GAU-8/ Avenger cannon, destroying one and forcing the other to be abandoned.

Barry provided situational awareness for the aircraft by managing the airspace and maintaining the maritime picture.

The P-3C, A-10 and Barry are currently supporting operations for Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn.

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 (UNSCR) 1973. UNSCR 1973 authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces.

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Related Story Comments:
3/31/2011 10:24:00 PM
A good days work can only improve what they are trained to do. Good Job! Retired Air Force
Robert McGhee, Pacific
3/31/2011 9:39:00 PM
Yet the Somali pirates go anywhere they want, and we are helpless.
Tom, Illinois
3/31/2011 4:13:00 PM
Vittoria was just a bit outgunned? Hey, you open fire and you invite disaster. Nice job Navy, Air Force.
Lrobby99, Wisconsin
3/29/2011 7:47:00 PM
Always good to read something about our Navy and other Armed Forces that is positive and shows definately that we are always ready and able to complete the task at hand. PNC J Duffy Retired (served on LSD-3; DDG-32; and LSD-34)
jduffy8014, Wisconsin
3/29/2011 5:09:00 PM
As a Veteran and US Army Officer I fully agree with this action.
Fred Taucher
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