Operation Odyssey Dawn - the first night

Seen through night-vision lenses aboard amphibious transport dock USS Ponce (LPD 15), the guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) fires Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn. / © U.S. Navy photo / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller

Seen through night-vision lenses aboard amphibious transport dock USS Ponce (LPD 15), the guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) fires Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn. / © U.S. Navy photo / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller

Posted By Frank Grealish

March 20 - The first night of Operation Odyssey Dawn, the United Nations air operation against Libya, began with a bang.

Long range missions were flown by aircraft based in the United States and the United Kingdom, while Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from ships and submarines in the Mediterranean.

Here is what is known so far:

112 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from over 20 ships and submarines.

20 air defence targets in Tripoli and Misrata were hit.

Tornado GR4s flew a 3,000 mile round trip from from RAF Marham to launch Storm Shadow cruise missiles. This is the longest strike mission the RAF has carried out since the Falklands War.

Three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers flew from Whiteman AFB and dropped 40 bombs on a Libyan airbase.

Libyan officials have claimed that their air defences downed a French fighter but the French MoD have denied this.

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