ÄMARI, Estonia – The Ämari Air Base welcomed a United
States Air Force two-ship of F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft on Tuesday,
Apr. 25, 2017 for a quick out-and-back deployment.
In the presence of the Estonian Minister of Defence,
Margus Tsahkna, and the Commander of the Estonian Air Force, Colonel Jaak
Tarien, the Deputy Commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command, Air Marshal Stuart
Evans, helped welcome the United States Air Force’s most-advanced fighter
aircraft, the F-35, to the Baltics.
"Alliance Air Power remains an essential element of
NATO’s operational capabilities and continues to deliver a vital contribution
to our success,” said Air Marshal Evans. "With seven NATO nations as F-35
partners, this platform provides a significant enhancement to the Air and Joint
capabilities of the Alliance.”
The F-35’s enhanced situational awareness and
integration capabilities, stealth technology and advanced avionics,
communication and sensor fusion capabilities serve to amplify and enhance the
combat effectiveness of NATO members’ existing aircraft. The F-35 training deployment
demonstrates the commitment of Allied nations to the development and
improvement of its operational capabilities to meet current and future security
With barely two hours on the ground, the F-35A fighter
aircraft taxied for take-off again. They returned to RAF Lakenheath in the
United Kingdom, where they are stationed during their deployment to conduct
familiarisation flight training in Europe.
In the years to come, the F-35 will be more often seen
helping secure NATO skies as the aircraft enters service with the US, Canada,
Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office