UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AIR FORCE . القوات الجوية الإمارات العربيّة المتّحدة
Operation "Unified Protector"
Decimomannu AB, Sardinia / Sigonella AB, Sicily, Italy
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|By Timeframe||The Gulf War I & II / Libya|
|By Operator||UAE AIR FORCE|
|By Model||F-16 Viper|
|By Illustrator||Tom Cooper / ACIG.info|
Model: F-16E "Desert Falcon"
serial: s/n 3049
c/n: block 60
During the 2011 civil war in Libya, NATO started a military intervention with airplanes from NATO and allied nations in support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 to enforce the arms embargo and the no-fly zone against Libya. The arms embargo is carried out using ships from NATOs Standing Maritime Group 1 and Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1 and additional ships, submarines and maritime surveillance planes from NATO members. They would "monitor, report and, if needed, interdict vessels suspected of carrying illegal arms or mercenaries". The no-fly zone is enforced by planes under sole NATO command starting 6:00 GMT on 31 March 2011 that ended the U.S. Operation «Odyssey Dawn» as all U.S. operations were absorbed into NATO's Operation «Unified Protector». On 24 March, the United Arab Emirates Air Force sent six F-16E and six Mirage 2000 fighter jets to join the mission. The planes were based in the Italian airbase of Decimomannu, Sardinia and later redeployed to Sigonella, Sicily.
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