"When the US jets arrived last week, the detachment bed down started and, subsequently, the pilots conducted flights over Iceland to familiarize them with airspace," said Colonel Stephen Carocci, Director of the Air Operations Centre at CAOC Uedem. "Our team from CAOC Uedem – together with the US air control specialists at Control and Reporting Centre Loki here at Keflavik – exposed the USAF detachment to a challenging programme aimed at reviewing their tactics, techniques and procedures and their readiness for the mission," he added.
It is clearly evident that the detachment is 100 percent ready to offer NATO a scramble capability to ensure sovereignty of NATO airspace
Fully mission-ready as of Wednesday, July 14, 2021, the US Air Force F-15 detachment will - until the end of the month - be on 24/7 standby with their four fighter aircraft ready to safeguard the skies and continue the long-standing enduring mission of NATO Air Policing over Iceland.
"It is clearly evident that the detachment is 100 percent ready to offer NATO a scramble capability to ensure sovereignty of NATO airspace. This ensures we integrate the USAF detachment seamlessly into NATO's Air Policing architecture in the northern hemisphere," added Colonel Carocci.