Operation Odyssey Dawn is the code name for the United States military’s participation in enforcement of the current Libyan no-fly zone. The United Kingdom counterpart to this is Operation Ellamy, the Canadian is Operation MOBILE and the French is Opération Harmattan.
The strategic direction of Operation Odyssey Dawn is under the authority of General Carter Ham, the commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM). The tactical direction of the operation is under the command of Admiral Sam Locklear, the commander of United States Naval Forces Europe onboard the command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) in the Mediterranean Sea.
- United States Navy
- USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20), the command ship of the United States Sixth Fleet
- The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of:
- USS Barry (DDG-52), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer
- USS Stout (DDG-55), another Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer
- USS Providence (SSN-719), a Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine
- USS Scranton (SSN-756), a second Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine
- USS Florida (SSGN-728), an Ohio-class cruise missile submarine
- USNS Kanawha a Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler
- USNS Lewis and Clark a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship
- USNS Robert E. Peary a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship
- The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of USS Bataan, USS Mesa Verde, and USS Whidbey Island, left their home port of Naval Station Norfolk on 23 March, bound for Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to pick up the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. They planned to sail east around March 30th to relieve the 26th MEU in the Mediterranean Sea two months before the projected deployment date.
- Five EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft operating out of NAS Sigonella and Aviano Air Base
- One EP-3E ELINT aircraft 
- Two P3-C UII maritime surveillance aircraft
- Two P3-C AIP maritime surveillance aircraft
- USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20), the command ship of the United States Sixth Fleet
- United States Air Force
- Three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers operating from Whiteman AFB. 
- Ten F-15E Strike Eagle strike fighters operating out of RAF Lakenheath
- Eight F-16C Fighting Falcon multirole fighters from Spangdahlem Air Base started leaving for Aviano on 20 March
- Two HH-60 Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopters from RAF Lakenheath operating from USS Ponce (LPD-15). 
- EC-130H electronic warfare (communications jamming) aircraft
- EC-130J psychological operations aircraft
- Lockheed AC-130 Aerial Gunship
- Global Hawk unmanned aerial surveillance vehicle
- Lockheed U-2 Reconnaissance aircraft 
- United States Marine Corps
- Four AV-8B Harrier II ground attack fighters from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, operating off of USS Kearsarge
- Two MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from the 26th MEU participated in the pilot rescue.
- Two CH-53E Super Stallions from the 26th MEU participated in the pilot rescue.
- One KC-130J Hercules from the 26th MEU participated in the pilot rescue.
- The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit awaits the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, who left their home port of Naval Station Norfolk early to sail east around March 30th in order to relieve the 26th MEU in the Mediterranean Sea two months before the projected deployment date.
Coalition Forces Placed Under US Command
Coalition forces based and operating in the theater of operations are under command of the Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn.
- Belgian Armed Forces
- Danish Armed Forces
- Netherlands Armed Forces
- Norwegian Armed Forces
- Italian Armed Forces
- Italian Air Force
- : Qatar Armed Forces
- Spanish Armed Forces
Odyssey (long an adventurous journey) Dawn (beginning)
Operation Odyssey Dawn is the largest military intervention in the Middle East since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
The No-Fly Zone imposed on Libya is Humanitarian Imperialism. It took less than 24 hours for the U.S. to show up and start showing it’s military might, with the U.K. and France right beside them.
It is already becoming clear that the motives behind the no-fly zone are not humanitarian or to protect the Libyan people, it is to get rid of Gaddafi, and further gain control of the Middle-East’s oil. The U.N. resolution is worded in a way that allows the possibility of foreign troops on the ground inside Libya, don’t be surprised if it happens.
Summary of Action
- Day 1: 19 March 2011
21h: The first main strike involved the launch of 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles from US and UK ships against shoreline air defenses of the Gaddafi regime. The U.S. Department of Defense reports that the dismantling of Libya’s ability to hinder the enforcement of the United Nations no-fly zone was only the first of multiple stages in the operation. USMC Harriers participated in an air strike against a large military convoy outside Benghazi.
- Day 2: 20 March 2011
Sustained anti-aircraft fire erupted in Tripoli at around 2:33 a.m. Libyan time. Three B-2 Spirit bombers targeted 45 hardened aircraft shelters at an Libyan airfield near Sirt. At the same time, US Air Force fighter jets conducted missions searching for Libyan ground forces to attack. US Navy EA-18G Growlers werer diverted from operations over Iraq and jammed Libyan radar and communications. No US aircraft were lost during the missions.  The warplanes included Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier IIs (attacking pro-Gaddafi’s ground forces), Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bombers, and F-15E Strike Eagle and F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter jets. Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, states that there would be continuous allied air cover over Benghazi, and that the no-fly zone “is effectively in place”. An EC-130J was recorded warning Libyan shipping “If you attempt to leave port, you will be attacked and destroyed immediately” in Arabic, French and English.
- Day 3: 21 March 2011
All fixed SA-2 Guideline, SA-3 Goa and SA-5 Gammon sites were taken out. Only SA-6 Gainful, hand held SA-7 Grail and SA-8 Gecko mobile SAMs are still a possible threat to aircraft. In the early hours of the day a building from Moammar Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli was completely destroyed by a cruise missile.  Twelve more cruise missiles were fired at command and air defense sites.
- Day 4: 22 March 2011
At approximately 22:30 CET (evening of March 21), a US F-15E 91-0304 operating out of Aviano Air Base crashed about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Benghazi. Both crew members ejected at high altitude and were subsequently separated. A MV-22 Osprey, supported by two AV-8Bs, two CH-53E Super Stallions, and a KC-130J Hercules from the 26th MEU initially recovered the pilot, while the weapons officer was recovered later after being rescued by rebel forces in the area. Two Marine Harriers accompanying the rescue force dropped two 500lb bombs at the request of the ejected pilot, prior to the MV-22 landing in an attempt to deter an unidentified group of people heading towards the area. The UK had a “peripheral involvement” in the rescue of the US pilots.
Six local villagers, including a young boy, were reported to have been injured by gunfire from the rescuing U.S. forces,  Although a Marine spokesperson aboard USS Kearsarge denied that shots were fired: “The Osprey is not armed, and the Marines barely got off the aircraft. I was in the landing center the whole time, where we were monitoring what was going on, and firing was never reported”, Pentagon sources were later reported to have confirmed that shots were fired.
- Day 6: 24 March 2011
Royal Norwegian Airforce F-16s were assigned to the US African command and Operation Odyssey Dawn. A number of Norwegian F-16s took off from the Souda Bay Air Base on the island of Crete, Greece for their first mission over Libya.  
- Day 7 25 March 2011
Three laser guided bombs were launched from 2 F-16s of the Royal Norwegian Airforce against Libyan tanks.  F-16s from the Royal Norwegian Airforce bombed an airfield in Libya during the night. Coalition planes flew 164 sorties and coalition leaders reported damage to Gadhafi’s ground forces.
- Days 8 and 9 26 and 27 March 2011
Lockheed AC-130 gunships and Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft began operations, attacking ground forces. These were the first aircraft used against troops; previous strikes had targeted command and anti-aircraft infrastructure.
Attack submarine USS Providence (SSN-719) completed all assigned strike missions and has left the area for previous duties. The US is responsible for 80% of air refueling, 75% of aerial surveillance hours and 100% of electronic warfare missions.
- Days 10 and 11 28 and 29 March 2011
On March 28, a USAF A-10 and a USN P-3 attack one Libyan Coast Guard vessel and two smaller craft. The P-3 fired AGM-65F Maverick missiles at a Vittoria-class patrol boat, forcing the crew to beach her. The A-10 strafed the other two smaller boats with its 30mm GAU-8 Avenger cannon rounds, sinking one and forcing the crew to abandon the other. The Libyan vessels were attacked after U.S forces observed them firing into Misurata and at merchant vessels. The USS Barry (DDG-52) provided situational awareness for the aircraft by managing the airspace and maintaining the maritime picture.
- Day 13 31 March 2011