FACTBOX-NATO military operations against Libya's Gaddafi

Fri Apr 8, 2011 1:34pm GMT

BRUSSELS, April 8 (Reuters) - Following are latest available details of Western military operations in Libya.


* The following NATO countries are participating in the alliance's operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Britain, United States.

* NATO forces have total of 195 aircraft at their disposal.

* Canada has a Halifax-class frigate, HMCS Charlottetown, in the Mediterranean. Its air power consists of six CF-188 Hornet fighter jets; a CC-150 Polaris air-to-air refuelling detachment at the Trapani Birgi air base; a CP-140 Aurora detachment at the Sigonella base.

* The Dutch provide six F-16 fighter jets, which are stationed at Decimomannu Air Base on Sardinia and used for air-to-air missions but not air-to-ground. Maritime assets include one minesweeper, Haarlem. A refuelling plane was deployed until April 4 but will not be returning to combat.

No bombs or missiles have been launched from any Dutch military aircraft or vessel.

* Belgian forces have offered six F-16s, used both for air-to-air and air-to-ground combat, as well as a minesweeper.

* Britain has 20 fighter jets stationed in southern Italy, as well as a minesweeper, HMS Brocklesby, and frigate HMS Cumberland enforcing the arms embargo.   Continued...

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