During their deployment, the F-16C fighters conducted real-world scrambles identifying Russian Federation Air Force bombers flying close to Iceland in international airspace. "The multi-nation NATO Air Policing mission is going extremely well," said Captain Dominic Collins, detachment commander of the United States Air Force F-16 fighter detachment in Iceland. "Thanks to the countless long hours of training that were invested by all members, we were able to successfully scramble our fighters to intercept two Russian bombers in the NATO area of responsibility."
"In addition to our own internal flight training, we also accomplished a joint-integration mission with the Royal Danish Naval vessel HDMS Hvidbjornen," he added. "The mission has been a huge success from both a system interoperability standpoint as well as validating common Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures. Overall, we are succeeding at our mission as a NATO team, and having fun doing it. I am excited for the next few weeks and all the great training opportunities that lie ahead," Captain Collins concluded.
The mission has been a
huge success from both a system interoperability standpoint as well as
validating common Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures.
After successful certification by the CAOC to conduct the mission, the detachment has been focusing on providing air surveillance and interception coverage over Iceland, in order to maintain the integrity of NATO's airspace in the High North. The mission provides pilots and crew the opportunity to plan, prepare and execute realistic training in an unfamiliar airspace. Successful North Atlantic operations are fundamental to the enduring relationship between NATO and the United States; to guarantee the success of the mission, Iceland provides infrastructure, access and airspace.