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Updated: Two Norwegian F-16s participate in Libyan mission. The Norwegian Air force says it sent the first two of its six planes towards Libya as part of Operation “Odyssey Dawn” today. “I cannot be specific regarding details of their mission for security reasons, but it isn’t a training sortie,” says Major Eystein Kvarving, informing NRK they took off at 12:15 today. Orders were only dispatched within the last 24 hours, according to John Espen Lien, senior spokesperson at Norway’s National Joint Headquarters (FOHK).

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Updated: Two Norwegian F-16s participate in Libyan mission

Published on Thursday, 24th March, 2011 at 12:37 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 24th March 2011 at 17:50.

The Norwegian Air force says it sent the first two of its six planes towards Libya as part of Operation “Odyssey Dawn” today.

F-16 taking off from Souda Bay
F-16 taking off from Souda Bay
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun


“I cannot be specific regarding details of their mission for security reasons, but it isn’t a training sortie,” says Major Eystein Kvarving, informing NRK they took off at 12:15 today.

Orders were only dispatched within the last 24 hours, according to John Espen Lien, senior spokesperson at Norway’s National Joint Headquarters (FOHK).

The F-16s, currently under US command, have been stationed at a base in Souda Bay on Crete since Monday, but it was not until yesterday that Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg confirmed Norway was to engage in the Allies’ operation.

Earlier efforts by Britain, France and the US to move responsibility for “Odyssey Dawn” from America to NATO countries have failed, but a senior diplomat now tells AFP the command structure is beginning to take shape.

NRK reports the news agency’s source claims overall command for all military operations will be coordinated from NATO’s SHAPE headquarters at Mons in Belgium, whilst or day-to-day military operational command will be administered from NATO’s base in Naples.

The no-fly zone is to be coordinated from Poggio Renatico in northern Italy, according to the anonymous source.

Meanwhile, Norway still retains sovereignty over its forces, and there is the possibility Minister of Defence Grete Faremo will withdraw Norway’s participation if certain conditions are not met.

“Norway may play the red card and pull its jets out of the campaign if, for example, new operational plans emerge showing there is an unacceptably high risk of civilian casualties,” she told reporters yesterday after briefing Parliament.

NRK’s reporter, Eirik Veum, says the two F-16s have now returned to base.



Published on Thursday, 24th March, 2011 at 12:37 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 24th March 2011 at 17:50.

This post has the following tags: libya, operationodysseydawn, nato, gretefaremo, jensstoltenberg.





  
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