Vittoria: Libyan Coast Guard hit in Misrata
Libyan Coast Guard vessel Vittoria and two smaller craft who were firing indiscriminately at merchant vessels in the port of Misrata, Libya, during the late evening of March 28. Vittoria was engaged and fired upon by a U.S. Navy P-3C Maritime Patrol aircraft with AGM-65 Maverick missiles; the first time that these missiles have ever been fired on a hostile vessel by a P-3C.
new equipment to update armed forces.
Underlining Libya's international rehabilitation following Col. Moammar Gadhafi's 2003 decision to abandon Libya's clandestine nuclear weapons program and renounce terrorism, The 120-foot PV30-LS fast patrol craft were built by the Zagreb-based Adria-Mar Shipbuilding yards at Kali and Bakar Bay.Deliveries began in August 2006,
The cruise missile strike against Libyan forces marked the first time that an Ohio-class guided-missile [USS Florida] submarine launched a TLAM in conflict.At least one of the five Navy ships and submarines that have launched dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libyan targets from positions in the Mediterranean Sea has left the area, three defense officials said.