Gaddafi sent small fast boats to attack Misrata in the dark. They were repelled by NATO vessels. Gaddafi’s artillery on the land fired at the NATO vessels. This artillery duel marks an escalation by Gaddafi and no doubt will require better coordination of NATO’s forces. Better air coverage of the coast is in order. Batteries in position to fire at ships should be moved up the list of targets. Perhaps Gaddafi held back on such tactics but now that Misrata has been liberated, they gain nothing with restraint. Ships are a high-value target.
I would bet that Sirte and any other site along the coast will be given special treatment in the coming days. The liberation of Misrata can be exploited to cut Sirte’s supply lines and a pincer movement against it may precede any attack on Tripoli. Also, transport might be provided to Misrata to use it as a point of bypass Gaddafi’s forces in the south. There’s nothing like being cut off from resupply to turn the tide of battle in the desert.