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US F-35, F-15 Jet are Ahead Deploying to NATO Associates Bases

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lighting II and F-15E Strike Eagle fighter planes are ahead marshaling to bases in the…

By Brooks Schroth , in Defense News , at July 25, 2019 6:31 AM EDT Tags: , ,

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lighting II and F-15E Strike Eagle fighter planes are ahead marshaling to bases in the territory of NATO associates in order to improve readiness and enhance interoperability as a part of Operation Rapid Forge.

As per a press release put out by U.S. Air Forces Europe, Rapid Forge is a U.S. Air Forces in Europe-backed training event created to reinforce interoperability with NATO associates and partners, enhance readiness and hone operational capabilities.

Fighter and mobility jet again marshaled to bases in Poland, Latvia, and Estonia as part of the operation.

F-15E Strike Eagles and MC-130J Commando II jet came to Amari AB, Estonia, to conduct refueling exercise. Strike Eagles and C-130J Super Hercules plane also came to Powidz Air Base, Poland, to carry out refueling and rearming using inert munitions.

Also, F-35A jets arrived at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, as a part of Operation Rapid Forge, along with F-15E Strike Eagles and C-130J Super Hercules jet.

Participation in multinational exercises and operations like Rapid Forge enhances skilled relationships and enhances coordination between associates.

The F-35s are sent from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill AFB, Utah. F-15E Strike Eagle is marshaled from the 4th FW, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Each squadron of fighter jets is working out of Spangdahlem AB, Germany. The MC-130J plane is from the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, and the C-130J jet is from the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein AB, Germany.