Kearsarge: tiltrotor squadron returns from strike
Marine Corps 26th MEU AV-8B Harriers from Camp Lejeune’s 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, attached to amphibious assault ship Kearsarge, conducted strikes against Libyan ground forces and air defenses,
ABOARD USS KEARSARGE, at sea - A Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit's AV-8B Harrier jump jet returns to USS Kearsarge for fuel and ammunition resupply while conducting air strikes in support of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, March 20, 2011. Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973. UNSCR 1973 authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces. JTF Odyssey Dawn is commanded by U.S. Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III.