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Oct 11 2021

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles ready for exercise Castle Forge

RAMSTEIN, Germany – U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles have deployed to Larissa, Greece where they will spend the coming weeks working with regional Allies.

U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, arrived at Larissa Air Base, Greece, in support of exercise Castle Forge. The deployment will see them working side by side with a number of regional Allies as well as their Greek hosts.

Castle Forge will provide a number of opportunities to hone our capabilities alongside our allies in an absolutely critical region

"This is an exciting time across the theatre as we host the Strike Eagles for some vital training," said General Jeff Harrigian, Commander of Allied Air Command. "Castle Forge will provide a number of opportunities to hone our capabilities alongside our allies in an absolutely critical region."

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F-15E Strike Eagles on-route to Larissa Air Base, Greece where they will take part in the multi-national exercise Castle Forge. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air force.
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Ground crews see off F-15E from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina as they depart for exercise Castle Forge. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air force.

These types of multi-national exercise test the Allied ability to rapidly respond to threats across the European theatre. The exercise will give participants the opportunity to enhance interoperability in the Black Sea Region and carry out operations from dispersed locations, which offer varying levels of support.

Throughout the deployment, the U.S. Air Force team will have the opportunity to work alongside their colleagues in the Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian Air Forces as well as their North American neighbours from the Canadian Air Task Force. The Canadian Air Force are currently deployed on the NATO enhance Air Policing mission in Romania.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

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