Mar 20, 2011
26th MEU Harriers Strikes Libya -
Marine Harriers Strike!
USS Kearsarge, At sea. 0639 EST. AV-8B Harriers from 26th MEU struck Libyan ground forces and air defenses in the early morning hours of March 20, 2011 under the authority of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, which is centered on protecting Libyan citizens from any further harm from the Libyan Leader Muammar al-Qadhafi regime.
The 26th MEU joined the international efforts of Operation Odyssey Dawn which is designed to halt an offensive against the Libyan populace. "Protecting the innocent and conducting combined operations are what we are designed to do," said Col. Mark J. Desens, commanding officer of 26th MEU. "Our forces are doing both as part of the U.S. commitment to protect Libyan citizens."
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. JTF Odyssey Dawn is commanded by U.S. Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III.
(From Capt Richard Ulsh, PAO, 26th MEU, USS Kearsarge)