LIBYA MILITARY OPERATION -Turkey's Izmir confirmed as command-and-control center of NATO air operations.
BRUSSELS, Mar 25, 2011 (TUR tur: see ibex. ) -- Command-and-control center of NATO's aerial mission on Libya no-fly zone will be a located at a NATO NATO: see North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
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International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion. base in Izmir, a province in western Turkey, NATO officials said on Friday.
However, it is not clear who to command the NATO force; it can be a Turk, an American or someone else from another NATO country, NATO spokesman Col. Geoffrey Booth told a press conference in Brussels.
NATO's naval mission that enforces the arms embargo on Libya, and air operations to be carried out by NATO base in Izmir will be both overseen by the Allied Joint Forces Command in Naples, Italy.
NATO base in Izmir will need two days for preparations after it takes the operational command, NATO officials said.
Enforcement of no-fly zone over Libya requires dozens, "not hundreds", of warplanes and minimum three AWACS AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System)
Mobile, long-range radar surveillance-and-control centre for air defense. Used by the U.S. Air Force since 1977, AWACS is mounted in a specially modified Boeing 707 aircraft, with its main radar antenna affixed to a rotating dome. early-warning surveillance aircraft, Col. Booth said.
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