Here is an inventory of the key players on Saturday, March 19th at 18:30 CET:
London will use its Tornado and Eurofighter warplanes aircraft as well as Sentinel Nimrod and AWACS used for reconnaissance and surveillance, and two frigates currently in the Mediterranean, HMS Westminster and HMS Cumberland.
Paris already sent Rafale fighter jets which were the first to go into action. French air force could also make use of its Mirage 2000 fighters. A type of helicopter carrier Mistral is in the region recently. This Sunday, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will sail to the Libyan coast.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed that the Italian military bases were available to the coalition. NATO’s bases in Naples for example, could serve as a platform for coordination of operations. Italy may even participate in the operations.
Madrid will provide a tanker aircraft and four fighter jets F-18.
Brussels plans to send four of its six F-16. They were stationed in southern Greece. A mine hunter ship is also available.
Copenhagen has used, from Sicily, four fighter jets F-16, two fighter jets as well as a transport aircraft.
Oslo promised six F-16 fighters.
Prime Minister George Papandreou said that the bases of his country, without specifying which, could be used by the coalition.
Participation is acquired but remains unclear.
United Arab Emirates :
AFP reports that the United Arab Emirates will be contributing 24 fighter jets (Mirage 2000-9s and F-16s)
Qatar will contribute between four and six Mirage 2000-5s
Canada decided to send seven of its fighter-bombers CF-18.
The United States still remained in the dark Saturday afternoon. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the U.S. would bring “Unique ability” not available to their allies. Experts suggest anti-radar missiles, weapons or electromagnetic pulse against enemy electronic systems. Besides the F-16 and F-15 already deployed in Sicily, two guided missile destroyers, USS Barry and USS Stout, currently in the eastern Mediterranean. They are equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles.
NATO is currently passive. Its AWACS radar aircraft are still in action 24 hours over 24 in the Mediterranean since last week. Three of its ships are also in the area.