The U.S. Air Force deployed F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, to conduct an air surveillance mission in support of NATO alliance commitments.
The jets belonged to the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing based at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. After familiarization with Icelandic airspace and their certification, the aircraft will fly missions under the tactical control of NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centre in Uedem, Germany.
Since 2008, the U.S. Air Force has conducted annual air surveillance missions in Iceland as part of the NATO commitment to Iceland’s security and defense.
“The United States will honor its security commitments and plans to continue this mission in the future”, said a statement released by U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA).