US DoD deploys 12 F-15C Eagle aircraft to support OAR in Europe
The US Department of Defense (DoD) has deployed 12 F-15C Eagle aircraft of the US Air National Guard to the European theatre, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR).
The DoD has additionally assigned roughly 350 airmen and support equipment from the 131st Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, and the 194th Fighter Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, US.
An undisclosed number of the F-15s will be assigned to support the Nato air surveillance mission in Iceland and the rest will conduct flying training at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands.
The F-15s deployed to Netherlands will participate in an international exercise code-named Frisian Flag, which will involve a large number of fighter aircraft from multiple countries working alongside to enhance interoperability, planning and execution.
During the six months of deployment, the units will conduct training alongside Nato allies and partners nations as a part of Theatre Security Package (TSP).
The training is expected to boost military capability while improving interoperability in the midst of rising Russian aggression.
The DoD will deploy the TSP to other Nato and partner nations including Bulgaria, Estonia and Romania, during the period of deployment that extends until September this year.
Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued US commitment to the collective security of Nato and to enduring peace and stability in the region, in the wake of Russia's role in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.