WW3 ALERT: US sends F-15 fighter jets to Iceland and the Netherlands following huge military drills carried out by Russia
- The U.S. is deploying 12 F-15C Eagles and approximately 350 airmen to Iceland and the Netherlands
- Iceland is the only country in NATO that does not have a military
- The F-15s are part of the U.S.’s Theater Security Packages, a rotational force used to augment existing Air Force capabilities in Europe
- The aircraft are scheduled to remain in Europe through September
The United States has deployed 12 F-15C Eagle fighter jets and and approximately 350 airmen to Iceland and the Netherlands.
The Air Force announced that the U.S. aircraft came from the 131st Fighter Squadron at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts and the 194th Fighter Squadron at Fresno Air National Guard Base in California.
Their mission will be support NATO air surveillance missions in Iceland and conduct flying training in the Netherlands.
According to CNN, the F-15 fighter jets are part of several deployments of American fighters being sent to Europe in an effort to deter further Russian aggression in the region.
In February, the U.S. said it will send six F-15s to Finland as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which the United States initiated in 2014 to reassure NATO allies after Russian military intervention in Ukraine. These aircraft are scheduled to deploy next month.
Although it maintains a small coast guard force, Iceland is the only country in NATO that does not have a military.
The U.S. used to have an air base in Iceland during the Cold War when Iceland sat at a key strategic location in the middle of the Atlantic, but the base was closed in 2006.
While NATO has maintained air control over Iceland since 2008, their defenses have been unable to stop Russia from reportedly making air incursions into Icelandic airspace.
In the case of Finland, the country remains a ‘neutral’, although it has edged closer to the NATO defence alliance in recent years, alarming Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Between 70 and 100 members of the Oregon Air National Guard will spent two weeks undertaking the exercises, which could yet include Norway and Sweden, Yle.fi reported.
Mika Varvikko, an official at the Finnish Department of Defence, said: ‘Co-operation with the U.S. is close and our co-operation on a practical level has been and will continue to remain tight.’
Tensions with Russia have grown in recent years following Putin’s aggressive power plays in eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Relations remain at a low following its annexation
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