Monday, March 21, 2011 - Allies pound Libya - Allies pound Libya

US tomahawk cruise missiles hit Libya late yesterday, the Pentagon said.

Washington has F-15 and F-16 fighter jets in Sicily, while the USS Barry and the USS Stout, both destroyers equipped with sea-to-ground Tomahawk missiles, are in the Mediterranean.

The USS Bataan, a helicopter-carrying amphibious assault ship, and two other vessels have also been deployed to relieve the USS Kearsarge and the transport docking ship USS Ponce in the Mediterranean. The Bataan was due to leave the state of Virginia last Wednesday.

The US also has three submarines in the Mediterranean capable of firing Tomahawk missiles.

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