WASHINGTON — Two U.S. aircraft carriers will conduct four days of flight operations off the Libyan coast starting Tuesday night, Pentagon officials said today.
The officials said the Navy's 6th Fleet filed a new notice with international aviation authorities disclosing the maneuvers late Sunday night. The officials, who asked not to be named, said the exercise will be almost identical to the one conducted during the last week of January.
The officials said there are no plans to operate in or over the disputed Gulf of Sidra, but added that the option has not been ruled out.
The decision to conduct a new round of flight operations off Libya comes just three days after Libyan leader Col. Moammar Kadafi announced that his own military forces had begun a week of maneuvers in and around the Tripoli area.