A-10s Tag Team with P-3s to Savage Libyan Coast Guard

More good Libya NFZ gouge from our new favorite AFA cadet Patrick Casey via the “Tell DT” link.  (Use it early and often, folks.)

The Information Dissemination blog reports the following:

A U.S. Navy P-3C Maritime Patrol aircraft, a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft and guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) engaged Libyan Coast Guard vessel Vittoria and two smaller crafts after confirmed reports that Vittoria and accompanying craft were firing indiscriminately at merchant vessels in the port of Misrata, Libya, during the evening March 28, 2011.

The P-3C fired at Vittoria with AGM-65F Maverick missiles after multiple explosions were observed in the vicinity of the port rendering the 12-meter patrol vessel ineffective and forcing it to be beached.

Two small crafts were fired upon by an A-10 using its 30mm GAU-8/ Avenger gatling cannon, destroying one and forcing the other to be abandoned.

Barry provided situational awareness for the aircraft by managing the airspace and maintaining the maritime picture.

So along with being a no-fly and no-drive-your-armored-vehicle zone, Libya is also a no-sail-your-combatant zone.  Not judging; just wanna keep track of the picture as it develops.

Oh, and Military.com is reporting that the rebels are now losing Misurata, but that’s probably okay because Adm. Stavaridis (EUCOM) has indicated that some of the rebels have ties to al Qaeda.  (Are you getting all of this?)

Ward

37 Comments on "A-10s Tag Team with P-3s to Savage Libyan Coast Guard"

  1. Did anybody really believe the propaganda that this is a humanitarian intervention ?
    Its been a set up from the start – Libyan army massacre hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators – Libyan air-force dropping bombs on pro-democracy protests – remember all that ? , it never happened , all pretexts ,not reasons, for the military operations that are going on now .
    And there are loads of innocent anti-Gaddafi pro-Democracy civilians in Surt right ?
    That need us to protect them from their own military by bombing and supporting armed rebels who are firing rocket artillery indiscriminately at them?

    And notices how the mainstream media conveniently now overlooks the fact that a very large percentage of those armed rebels , sorry i mean freedom fighters , happen to be Egyptians

    Some journalist should write a book titled "How Western Democracies Go To War "
    do a blog post on Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi while you are at it

  2. I feel like the air strikes in Libya are one great weapons expo…here's the Rafale blowing up tanks (2 for 1 special if you buy in the next fifteen minutes) and here's an A-10 strafing ships, bet you didn't know you could do that..

  3. So if the rebels are losing and that isn't a bad thing what are we doing here again? If these are hardcore Islamists we might as well leave tomorrow and let Gaddafi and them fight back and forth for however long they let.

  4. As I said in an earlier post, the real story is the importance of TRAINING. The US can provide all sorts of great air support, but the rebel fighters are untrained and undisciplined. No development of defensive works to hold captured territory allows the Ghaddaffi forces to roll right back over them.

  5. The U.S. military base at Camp Lejeune (North Carolina) over 2200 marine are preparing to be sent off the Libyan coast.

    The soldiers belong to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, a task force specializes in ground fighting and air. The task force is able to carry out humanitarian missions or evacuation of civilians. The Marines were to be sent in the Mediterranean at the end of 2011 but their departure was accelerated by the events in Libya. The Marines are aboard the warship Bataan in the coming days that will sail the Mediterranean at a time for a mission that could last ten months.
    Alla conquista della Libia

  6. from the newspaper Unione Sarda and google translate

  7. Is it wise to carry a Maverick on a slow moving plane like a P-3? This type of missile puts them in range of the majority of non short range SAM's.

  8. It would make the most sense to assume this whole operation is about scaring Qaddafi out of power while preserving his bureaucratic and military infrastructures for another leader — one more in line with NATO preferences — to take command of. How could they possibly propel themselves headlong into a scheme to destroy the military and current government after the Iraq lesson? I really think that's why no one is overly concerned with whispers of an Al Qaeda presence among the rebels. The rebels are simply a catalyst the promote regime change, not Libya's new leaders. Once Quadaffi is gone the new government will suppress the rebels under NATO's watchful eye… call if the Egyptian model.

  9. Didn't Obama pre election promise that he would get us out of Afgan and Iraq, close the prison on Cuba and not start any wars? I guess that's what we get for electing a guy that might not have even been born in America.

  10. Ilive inbizarro world | March 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Reply

    hum, we are helping al-qeada in Libya and fighting them in Iraq/Afghanistan?!

    pretty ****** up…

    Oh and if you dont believe me the UN chief admitted this fact.

    and “Humanitarian war” – what a fkn oxymoron. Yes we drop bombs to save lives, lol…

    War is Peace anyone?!

  11. new scenario | March 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Reply

    Perhaps P-3 should be re-designate F/A-3?

  12. I had briefly envisioned some Oerlikon 20's or Bofors 40…until I realized it was very much the wrong year for that kind of armament.

    It doesn't look like it would have much. Maybe a heavy mortar of some kind to shell ground targets, or a deck mounted artillery piece? Rockets wouldn't go very far in terms of reloads, but they would pack a serious sting.

  13. you ppl need to go and look up how many of the chicken hawks GOP congressmen have served in the military? you want find many LOL

  14. Historic Day! First time a P-3C has ever fired a missile in anger. The Warpig will live on.

  15. Why are we involving ourselves.The europeans have handled this kind of involvement in the past.Do we really need to involve ourselves?

  16. I used to operate acoustic detection equipment on P-3's back in the eighties. We were trained to load Harpoon missiles back then. I never thought I'd see the day when ANY type of missile was actually fired from a P-3 except for training. THE WAR PIG LIVES ON!!!

  17. nothing like a 3 front war. but wait nato is doing the show!. but hell the U.S. makes up 3 fourths of the manpower and materials. go figure.

  18. I'm getting it. Our President and many in Congress (from both parties) are idiots.

  19. WoundedKnee73 | March 30, 2011 at 1:04 am | Reply

    Drake1: Yep! You're right. This is getting really old!

  20. We should be dropping our liberals and progressives over there…they'll know exactly what to do…they are the most intelligent people in the world..they pushed for Obama, Obamacare, cash for "xyz", Unions to get more power…Seriously, they know better than anyone what to do…they love chaos…let them have it over there and leave us alone here…send the president to relocate there for a "new world order" country to head up there…we'll back fill his ex-fil..

  21. The fact is that, at present, the United States has relatively little to lose by supporting these rebels (besides our pilots and any SOF personnel, of course). Looking toward the future, it is far more difficult to try and placate a diverse group of errant democratizers than a single dictator. If we turn our backs on the rebels, and they win, then we end up looking like hypocrites…again. If we turn out backs on Gaddafi, as we have, and he wins, then what is he gonna do–not deal with us? No. It is far easier to apologize and make amends to a small cadre of autocrats that to a mob seething with anger. I think Obama made that calculation in Egypt, and he is doing the same here. If we remain involved in a support role, and the rebels lose, then who cares? We are back to square one: dealing with a nutjob. But if the rebels win, we can for once be proud that we carried a genuine democratic revolution to its fruition.

  22. processo della rivoluzione: lo ha bloccato quando ha soppresso i valori per favorire gli interessi (il sostegno dei dittatori, la mano messa sul petrolio e le risorse naturali, la ricerca dei mercati, la dominazione economica, la vendita di armi); lo ha aiutato con lo sviluppo dei mezzi di comunicazione, strumenti di avvicinamento dei popoli e delle culture

    This is very important …it's true !

  23. I'm sure our Navy has Lamps helos on all the frigates in the area and the helos can fire Hell fire missiles, looks like thees small helos would be the weapons of choice to be used against costal boats etc.

  24. Obama needed a made up war to help his 2012 presidential run, he has to display that he has kahonas to order a military action. Remember Afgan and Iraq is the Bush conflict not Obama. Of course this goes against his far left base. My personal belief is that we should have let the French and the English to leash their dog and get him under control.

  25. Although I was a part of the program that added all the new ground attack capability to the P-3 I still think it's funny to read a headline stating that P-3's are "savaging" anybody's coast line.

  26. Darrel Kemble | March 30, 2011 at 9:13 am | Reply

    Savaged !!!??? sounds like some kind of reporter hype.
    CNN reported this morning that the "rebels" are being hammered again.
    What about all the reports saying how quadaffi's forces have been neutralized ?
    I love it when the news stations say how "they don't hype the news"

  27. I think it is a setup for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) One World Govt. people to attack Israel. They are exercising their doctrine now, ever gumby for the next operation. I am pretty certain there will be at least one more foray into this type of concept before they decide to act with R2P for the innocent Palistenians, dontcha know.

  28. Reminds me of the epic battle for Haiti, everyone wants in on the action for that coveted combat action ribbon….when dingle-Barry hands over the reigns (if he doesn't declare himself president for life first) will he be investigated for war crimes?

    I predict K' daffy will survive, and will bide his time until he can take a cheap shot back at the U.S. May be months, may be years, but it's coming.

  29. Of course the retreating rebels would love to have U.S. Apache gunships and A-10 Warthogs (even IL Sturmoviks and Luftwaffe Stukas from WWII would be welcome) to strafe and take out Gaddafis' rockets and tanks! So far I have not read anything about the rebels concerning their NC0s and jr officers who have had anything beyond basic training. All I see are scattered 'freedom fighters' with no discipline, let alone training in most weapons.

  30. This is just another expensive long war. We are fighting for Libya's civil war. We are siding to the oposition from whom we dont know who. LKadhafi have 1000 tanks to name a few of his armaments. We are spending infinitely on this wars.Where are the good lining on this events?

  31. Talk about pulling out all the stops. A missile from a P3. Guess we need to keep the aircraft in use near the same age group

  32. Imustbeterrorist | March 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Reply

    Why no disscussion about coast gurd Libyan, US military's. Motohiro Japan, what it is?

  33. Here's a fun Bush Senior quote to keep things in perspective.

    "What is at stake is more than one small country, it is a big idea — a new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind: peace and security, freedom, and the rule of law."

    However, this spirit died shortly after election season.

  34. devildog7885 | March 31, 2011 at 3:01 am | Reply

    Anyone Getting the feeling that Our Military is being sold to fight to the highest Bidder?. Lately it seems Our Government has been using Our sons And Daughter's as a Merc Force shuffled at the whim of the U.N. and Corporations.

    Anyone?.

  35. Infidel4LIFE | April 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Reply

    Its a mess but Col Q is on the ropes. Get this over with. France could send troops, Italy too. Its THEIR problem.

  36. LittleDragon2 | April 2, 2011 at 12:20 am | Reply

    excuse me but it seems our first concern is to support our troops in harms way. saying stuff like we can't afford this must be disheartening to our troops. we must support them in this and all their endeavors and leave all politics outside the warzones. is it possible that these politcal comments could lead to hesitation and distraction that could cause our brave troops to get hurt or even killed: please depoliticize this and support our troops!

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