Demonstrating a commitment to “free” and “safe” Europe, the United States has deployed in Iceland and the Netherlands 12 F-15C Eagles and more than 350 pilots, reports CNN with reference to the command of the U.S. air force.
The US deployed an aircraft of the 131st fighter squadrons from the base of the air National guard in Massachusetts and 194 squadron from a base in California. They will be monitoring the airspace of NATO countries in Iceland and to conduct flight training of pilots in the Netherlands.
In February of this year, the Pentagon said it will send six F-15 in Finland as part of operation Atlantic, which the United States launched in 2014 to reassure NATO allies after the annexation of Crimea to Russia and the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. These aircraft are scheduled to deploy in may.
Iceland is the only country in NATO that has no military. Earlier on its territory were located the troops, however in 2006, Americans gave a base for the Icelandic government.