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US Air National Guard to assume NATO Air Surveillance in Iceland

Four American F-15Cs, KC-135s, along with 200 U.S. Airmen, will be in Keflavik, Iceland from April 3 to 28 to conduct an Air Surveillance mission.

The mission is in support of U.S. NATO alliance commitments to ensure Iceland’s peacetime preparedness.

The focus is to carry out routine flight training and exercises so the Alliance can meet Iceland’s needs to stay prepared to monitor and manage its airspace in peacetime. It usually involves a deployment of around three-four weeks, three times a year of fighter aircraft from Allied nations.

These aircraft familiarise themselves with the airspace and are certified by the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) Uedem to execute the NATO mission in Icelandic airspace. This approach allows the Alliance to conduct full-scale peacetime air policing activities at the shortest possible notice if required by real world events.

While deployed, the Airmen will also conduct aerial training, including aerial refueling.

The four United States Air Force F-15Cs are from the 131st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts and the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base (ANG), California. They will be joined by the Air Force Reserve Command KC-135s from the 507th Air Refueling Wing, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma and 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson, North Carolina.

The United States has conducted this NATO mission in Iceland annually since 2008. This mission continues to demonstrate their commitment to NATO and the security of Europe.

This deployment takes place under the US Theater Security Package. Read more here.


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