On April 19, Polish Minister of National Defence announced that “several dozen” US F-15 and F-16 fighter jets had arrived to Poland.
Twenty F-15s from RAF Lakenheath, UK, and four F-16s from Spangdahlem air base in Germany were deployed to Poland within the framework of an Agile Combat Employment exercise during Aviation Detachment Rotation (AvRot) 21-2. The USAF fighters arrived at Łask (EPLK) and Krzesiny (EPKS) airbases.
AvRot 21-2 was also supported by C-130J Super Hercules aircraft that is assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Dzisiaj do 🇵🇱 przyleciało kilkadziesiąt 🇺🇸 samolotów #F15 i #F16. @US_EUCOM ćwiczy szybki przerzut sił powietrznych w Europie z wykorzystaniem m. in. polskich lotnisk. Wspólnie ćwicząc, wzmacniamy bezpieczeństwo naszego regionu #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/MWrIzRswhG
— Mariusz Błaszczak (@mblaszczak) April 19, 2021
Today 🇺🇸 #F-15 & #F-16 fighter jets arrived in Poland 🇵🇱. @US_EUCOM trains Agile Combat Employment within Europe. We maintain our readiness to cooperate with Allies to strengthen the security of our region.
– – – #StrongerTogether @HQUSAFEAFAF pic.twitter.com/sXj4d49bSf
— Poland MOD 🇵🇱 (@Poland_MOD) April 19, 2021
The Aviationist reported that the F-15Cs and F-16s had gone to Krzesiny AB, the F-15Es had landed at Łask. The 86th AW’s C-130 will operate out of Chièvres AB, Belgium, to disperse, organize and generate airlift for the ACE event.
According to the reports, the USAF jets will be involved in interoperationability, joint procedures, and mission tactics training with the Polish 2nd Tactical Aviation Wing and the Polish Vipers. Polska Zbrojna outlet reported that the operations would also involve the Polish Fulcrums.
The redeployment of US fighter jets is taking place amid the military escalation in Eastern Ukraine and the Black Sea region. On April 20, Russia closed the fly zone over the Black Sea and the Crimea due to the danger for civil aviation flights in the area.
The hot phase of a military conflict between Russia and NATO may begin in coming days.
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