August 2, 2021

Navy Ships in Libya Operation Odyssey Dawn

This is a list of the Navy ships of the coalition members that are involved in the ‘Operation Odyssey Dawn’ attack on Libya:

United States

  • USS Newport News (SSN-750)
  • USS Providence (SSN-719)
  • One other attack submarine
  • USS Mount Whitney (Command Ship)
  • USS Kearsarge (Amphibious Assault Ship)
  • USS Bataan (Amphibious Assault Ship) (En route via Strait of Gibraltar)
  • USS Barry (Guided Missile Destroyer)
USS Newport News Submarine Operation Odyssey Dawn

USS Newport News Submarine is taking part in Operation Odyssey Dawn.

It should be noted that the USS Enterprise, previously in the Red Sea area, has been moved to the Arabian Sea to join the USS Carl Vinson to provide support to the Afghanistan operations.

42 F-16 fighter jets stationed at the U.S. Air Base Aviano in the Alps region of Italy are probably being used in the operation as well.


Canada is a UN coalition partner, and has these assets involved:

  • HMCS Charlottetown
  • Canadian fighter jets


France is fielding the Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier Battle Group, which includes:

  • Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier
  • Tonnerre Amphibious Assault Helicopter Carrier
  • Mistral Amphibious Assault Helicopter Carrier
  • Three frigates
  • Fuel Supply Ship
  • Attack submarine

As well as 20 fighter jets including:

  • Rafale war planes
  • Mirage fighter jets
  • AWACS surveillance aircraft


Britain has two frigates in position off the Libyan coast:

  • HMS Cumberland
  • HMS Westminster

Aircraft include:

  • Typhoon patrol jets
  • Tornado attack aircraft
  • air-to-air refuelling aircraft
  • surveillance aircraft


In addition to these Italian aircraft carriers involved at present, all seven bases in Italy — at Amendola, Aviano, Decimomannu, Gioia del Colle, Sigonella, Trapani, and Pantelleria — were made available to coalition forces for use in this operation.

Italy is using the following types of aircraft in this mission:

  • Tornado fighters
  • F-16s
  • Eurofighters

US Navy Ships Attack Libya

US Navy ships are part of the UN coalition attack on Libya to enact and enforce a no-fly-zone in Libya, according to the LA Times.

Navy Strike Against Libya Tomahawk Cruise Missiles

The UN coalition includes forces from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Canada.  The coalition also includes Arab states, who will be announcing their participation separately, according to the Pentagon.

While US Navy officials stated earlier in the week that Navy ships and personnel would not play a major role in any military action in Libya, but Pentagon officials have stated that US warships have launched approximately 110 tomahawk cruise missiles as a part of the attack.

Bloomberg is reporting that over 25 naval vessels from the U.S., Italy, and Canada are involved in what is being called ‘Operation Odyssey Dawn’.

U.S. Ships include the USS Mount Whitney, which is operating as a command vessel.

While only air and missile strikes have been confirmed, it is not clear whether Navy Seals are involved in this operation, or if ground troops will be used at all.