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Odyssey Dawn

23 March 2011 / All photos: ANP /

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.

In this image released by the US Navy Visual News Service March 19, 2011 shows US Navy file photo taken June 25, 2005 in Persian Gulf. The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN 756) underway while participating in Operation Inspired Siren. Inspired Siren is a bilateral joint exercise between the United States and Pakistan Navies. The U.S. and Pakistan are conducting training in Maritime Security Operations (MSO), air defense, anti- submarine warfare, surface warfare, mine counter measures, electronic warfare, replenishment at sea and command and control.

A handout picture released on 20 March 2011 by the British Ministry of Defence shows a Tornado jetfighter being loaded with bombs and other munition at the Royal Air Force Base in Marham, Great Britain, in preparation for the launching of RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft for the first UK air combat mission in support of UN Resolution 1973.

A US airforce C17 drop paratroopers during a training exercise over Maniago near Aviano air base on March 22, 2011.

An Italian military technician stands next to missiles of an Eurofighter 200 Typhoon at the Trapani Birgi air base, in the southern island of Sicily on March 20, 2011.

A Nato Awacs plane takes off from the Trapani Birgi air base, in the southern island of Sicily on March 20, 2011.

Handout photo issued on 20 March 2011, by the Ministry of Defense, showing French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle. The carrier left Toulon, France, 20 March 2011 to enforce the Libyan no-fly zone in according to UN Security Council resolution.

Handout photo issued by the French Ministry of Defense, showing a Mirage 2000 airplane after returning from a mission over Libya, at Solenzara military base, France, 19 March 2011.

In this image released by the US Air Force March 20, 2011 shows one of three stealthy B-2 Spirit bombers returns to Whiteman Air Force Base, in Missouri from its mission March 20 in support of enforcing the Operation Odyssey Dawn no-fly zone over Libya.

Technician prepare a Tornado jet fighter of the Italian airforce on March 21, 2011 at Trapani-Birgi airbase in Sicily.

A British RAF Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft leaves RAF Marham in Norfolk, eastern England, on March 21, 2011.

Illustration picture shows a fully armed F-16 fighter jet at the military base of the 10th Tactical Wing, in Kleine Brogel, Peer, Monday 21 March 2011.

Illustrations shows a F-16 fighter jet at the military base of the 10th Tactical Wing, in Kleine Brogel, Peer, Monday 21 March 2011. Six Belgian F-16 fighter jets will be active in the ongoing military operations in Libya.

Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft prepare at Gioia Dell Colle, Italy, 21 March 2011 as part of Operation Ellamy, the British contribution to help enforce the No Fly Zone over Libya in support of UN SCR 1973.

A handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defense, showing Mirage 2000 fighter jet before a mission over Libya, at the Solenzara military air base in Solenzara, France, 21 March 2011.

This handout picture released by Sirpa Air shows French soldiers loading a military aircraft with material on March 20, 2011 at the aerial military base of Solenzara in Corsica.

This handout picture released by ECPAD (The French Defence communication and audiovisual production agency) shows French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle leaving the southern port of Toulon on March 20, 2011 to take part in military operations in Libya.

A fully armed F-16 fighter jet is pictured at the military base of the 10th Tactical Wing, in Kleine Brogel, Peer, on March 21, 2011.

Handout photo issued on 22 March 2011, by the ECPAD (Ministry of Defense), showing Rafale airplanes at Saint Dizier military base, France, 21 March 2011.

A US airforce C17 drop paratroopers during a training exercise over Maniago near Aviano air base on March 22, 2011.

a US F16 jet fighter lands at the Aviano air base in northern Italy on March 22, 2011.

A helicopter flies over Spanish frigate Mendez Nunez as she arrives to the Naval Base of Rota near Cadiz on March 22, 2011.

This handout picture released by ECPAD (The French Defence communication and audiovisual production agency) shows technicians pushing a French Super Etendard plane, early on March 22, 2011 aboard the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle which leaved the southern port of Toulon two days ago to take part in military operations in Libya.

An Italian helicopter lands at Trapani-Birgi airbase in Sicily on March 22, 2011.

One of six F16 fighter from Denmark air force based at the Italian military airport of Sigonella, southern Italy takes off from the base on March 22, 2011.

French Boeings C135 that refuel French army jet fighters during the operation in Libya are seen on March 22, 2011 at the Istres airbase. France, which has mobilised about 100 warplanes -- mainly Rafale and Mirage 2000 jets -- was the first country to overfly the rebel bastion of Benghazi on Saturday, using 20 warplanes for air strikes after the go-ahead for a no-fly zone.

A Qatari C-17 military plane of the Emirates Air Force flies over the facilities of the old Larnaca Airport after refuelling 22 March 2011 before continuing its involvement in helping to enforce the UN-mandated no fly zone over Libya

French Aerial military base 126 - Capitaine Preziosi - commander Gilles Villenave answers to journalists on March 22, 2011 in front of French Rafale jets fighter of the French army at the in Solenzara, Corsica, the French Mediterranean island.

Spanish C-235 maritime vigilance aircraft prepares to take off at Getafe's military base in Madrid, Spain, 23 March 2011, to participate in NATO's international coalition to take action in Lybia after the resolution of the UN Security Council.

A handout photo issued by the French Ministry of Defense on 23 March 2011, showing French soldiers loading military equipment and preparing for the mission HARMATTAN against Libya at the Saint-Dizier military air base in Saint dizier, France, 22 March 2011.

US sailors man the rails as the USS Bataan, the lead ship in the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, pulls out of the Norfolk, Virgina, US Naval Base March 23, 2011 enroute to waters off Libya.

A US airforce C17 drop paratroopers during a training exercise over Maniago near Aviano air base on March 23, 2011.

Crew members stand on the deck of the USS Bataan (rear) as a tug boat sends her off to lead the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group out of the Norfolk, Virgina, US Naval Base, March 23, 2011, enroute to waters off Libya.

A Danish soldier looks at his watch as he leaves a Hercules C130 at the Italian military airport of Sigonella, southern Italy on March 22, 2011.