Tied into the Icelandic and NATO air surveillance network, the deployed fighter detachments carry out routine training and exercises. Upon certification by the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) at Uedem, Germany, they are on standby during their stay in Iceland ready to launch to keep the Icelandic airspace safe and secure if required by real world events.
Since 2008, the U.S. Air Force has conducted annual Air Policing missions in Iceland as part of the NATO commitment to Iceland's security and defence. The U.S. is committed to this mission and plans to continue supporting it in the future. This shows the transatlantic link within the Alliance and the collective resolve to ensure Iceland meets the requirements to stay prepared and to monitor and manage its airspace in peacetime.
Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office