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27 Apr 11. On March 27, NATO decided to take control over all military operations for Libya under United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 & 1973. The aim of Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR is to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under attack or threat of attack.
The mission consists of three elements: an arms embargo, a no-fly-zone and actions to protect civilians from attack or the threat of attack.
Over the past 24 hours, NATO has conducted the following activities associated with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR:
Air Operations
Since the beginning of the NATO operation (31 March 2011, 08.00GMT) a total of 3,981 sorties and 1,658 strike sorties* have been conducted.
Sorties conducted 26 April: 123
Strike sorties conducted 26 April: 52
*Strike sorties are intended to identify and engage appropriate targets, but do not necessarily deploy munitions each time.
Key Targets and Engagements**
26 April: In vicinity of Misurata: 6 military vehicles, 7 technical vehicles and 1 surface-to-air missile launcher. In the vicinity of Al-Khums: 4 Tanks; 2 Heavy Equipment Transporter trucks. In the vicinity of Brega: 1 rocket launchers; 3 military vehicles. In the vicinity of Mizdah: 8 ammunition bunkers.
**Key Engagements are not intended to give a complete account of all targets which were engaged.
Arms Embargo Activities
A total of 19 ships under NATO command are actively patrolling the Central Mediterranean.
22 vessels were hailed on 26 April to determine destination and cargo. 1 boarding (no diversion) were conducted.
A total of 662 vessels have been hailed, 18 boardings and 5 diversions have been conducted since the beginning of arms embargo operations.
International Humanitarian Assistance Movements as recorded by NATO
Total of Humanitarian Movements ***: 133(air, ground, maritime)
Ships delivering Humanitarian Assistance 26 April: 2 executed and 4 in execution
Aircraft delivering Humanitarian Assistance 26 April: 2
*** Some humanitarian movements cover several days.
Command and Control
NATO’s operational commander for Operation Unified Protector is Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard of the Canadian Air Force. His office and staff is located at the Joint Force Command in Naples.

21 Apr 11. A diverse political grouping that includes the Progressive Party, the Christian Democrats and the Socialist Left has united to demand that the Norwegian government conduct a detailed, updated review of the cost of the country’s Fighter Replacement Program (FRP). The request is happening against a backdrop of increasing development costs tied to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has rejected calls for a cost review, maintaining the government is confident it will purchase the U.S. combat aircraft at a price close to its original estimates, based on figures provided by Lockheed Martin in 2008, when Norway selected the F-35 as its next-generation multirole fighter. (Source: Defense News)

25 Apr 11. KBR was notified by the UK MoD Supplier Relations Team that the recently issued MoD/KBR Performance Report for 2010 gives an overall score which exc

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