The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has forward deployed its F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets to Norway, Poland and Greece from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany to conduct local training missions.
The F-22s are deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Wing based at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and arrived in Europe on Aug. 8.
“Their presence in the European theatre underscores our ability to deter current and potential threats, assure our allies, and respond in a timely way should deterrence fail”, said a statement released by USAF 52nd Fighter Wing based at Spangdahlem Air Base after the arrival of the aircraft.
Two F-22 Raptors, a KC-135 Stratotanker and approximately 20 supporting Airmen arrived at Orland Air Base, Norway on Aug .15 to conduct local training. The KC-135 is assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, and is providing refueling support for the deployment to Norway.
Five F-22 Raptors, approximately 40 Airmen and associated equipment arrived at Powidz AB, Poland, for theater familiarization and to conduct interoperability training with Polish and NATO aircraft. While in Poland, the Raptors will conduct a flyover at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Polish independence and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw on Aug. 15.
Two F-22 Raptors arrived at Larissa Air Base, Greece, on Aug. 10 to conduct local training. The Raptors were accompanied by a KC-135 Stratotanker that landed at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay (NSA Souda Bay), Greece, and approximately 10 supporting Airmen. The KC-135 is assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, and is providing refueling support for the deployment to Greece.
According to a statement from U.S. Air Forces in Europe Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA), this forward deployment, done with the full cooperation of USA’s NATO allies, demonstrates its commitment to field and operate fifth-generation aircraft in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility.
The statement added that the deployment also underscores the commitment to the collective defense of the NATO alliance and the willingness to deploy and use the most technically advanced assets to deter any potential aggression and increase regional security.