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Supplies could reach Benghazi within 48 hours but they would need to be delivered to air bases in Libya or to Benghazi airport. If the guerrillas can then go on to the offensive and assault Gaddafi's strongholds in western Libya, the political pressure on America and Nato – not least from Republican members of Congress – to establish a no-fly zone would be reduced.
Frigates 2 × Koni class frigates (Type 1159) (one operational)
Corvettes 2 × Nanuchka class corvettes
MFPBs 9 × Combattante II fast attack craft (7 operational)
Mine warfare vessels 9 × Natya class minesweepers (Type 266ME) (5 operational)