Gulf of Sidra

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Noun1.Gulf of Sidra - wide inlet of the Mediterranean Sea on the north coast of Libya
Mediterranean, Mediterranean Sea - the largest inland sea; between Europe and Africa and Asia
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The only times a US Navy challenge has erupted into a confrontation was in the 1980s when Libya under Moammar Qadhafi tried to chase away the US Navy after it challenged Libya's claim to own the entirety of the Gulf of Sidra and in 1988 when a Soviet frigate "nudged" a US aircraft carrier in an effort to get the carrier to move out of waters claimed as territorial by the Soviet Union.
Except for events such as the Gulf of Sidra, where U.S.
As part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 13, the squadron deployed to the Mediterranean Sea aboard USS Coral Sea (CV 43) before participating in Freedom of Navigation exercises in the Gulf of Sidra. In April 1986, VFA-131 provided air-to-surface Shrike missile and high-speed anti-radiation missile (HARM) strikes against Libyan surface-to-air missile sites in Benghazi, the first use of the F/A-18 Hornet in combat.
The Oil Crescent region, to the south of Gulf of Sidra, is the country's largest oil reservoir.
Rebel forces argued that Colonel Moammar Gaddafi struck an oil pipeline leading to the Gulf of Sidra, a body of water in the Mediterranean Sea on the northern coast of Libya, about 550 km (340 miles) east of Tripoli and also dropped bombs on tanks in the area of Ras Lanuf.
Protesters have claimed control all the way to the city of Ajdabiya, about 480 miles east of Tripoli, encroaching on the key oil fields around the Gulf of Sidra.