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August 31, 2015

US Air Force deploys F-22 Raptor and C-17 Globemaster III to Germany

The US Air Force has deployed four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and around 60 airmen to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

By Samseer M

F-22 Raptors

The US Air Force has deployed four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and around 60 airmen to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

The new European deployment is aimed at training allied air forces and US services through mid-September.

US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander general Frank Gorenc said: "This inaugural Raptor training deployment is the perfect opportunity for these advanced aircraft to train alongside other US Air Force aircraft, joint partners, and Nato allies."

Funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, the first F-22 training deployment to Europe is aimed to strengthen the security of the US Nato Allies and partners in Europe.

The F-22 Raptors and airmen deployed to Germany are from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida, while C-17 is from the 60th Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, California.

The training in Europe is designed to prove that the fifth-generation fighters are capable of deploying successfully to European bases and other Nato installations.

"This deployment advances our airpower evolution and demonstrates our resolve and commitment to European safety and security."

In addition, it will provide a platform to perform combat air training with different aircraft like US F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons.

Gorenc added: "It’s important we test our infrastructure, aircraft capabilities, and the talented Airmen and allies who will host fifth-generation aircraft in Europe.

"This deployment advances our airpower evolution and demonstrates our resolve and commitment to European safety and security."

Recently, the USAF deployed eight A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and around 170 airmen to Ämari Air Base, Estonia, as part of the country’s effort to support Operation Atlantic Resolve.


Image: A pair of F-22 Raptors over the coastline of Panama City Beach, Florida. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force.

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