Sunday, 3 April 2016

U.S Military Deploys 12 F-15C Fighter Jets To Netherlands and Iceland In Response To Military Drills Carried Out By Russia

Team America: A small group of U.S. F-15 fighter jets (pictured) have travelled to Icland and The Netherlands to carry out military exercises

The United States Military has deployed 12 F-15C Eagle fighter jets and and approximately 350 airmen to Iceland and the Netherlands. Their mission will be support NATO air surveillance missions in Iceland and conduct flying training in the Netherlands.

According to CNN the F-15 fighter jets are part of several deployments of American fighters being sent to Europe in an effort to deter further Russian aggression in the region. In February, the U.S. said it will send six F-15s to Finland as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which the United States initiated in 2014 to reassure NATO allies after Russian military intervention in Ukraine. These aircraft are scheduled to deploy next month.

Russia's military drills come as tensions with the West continue to worsen as it flexes its military might on the international stage

Although it maintains a small coast guard force, Iceland is the only country in NATO that does not have a military. While NATO has maintained air control over Iceland since 2008, their defenses have been unable to stop Russia from reportedly making air incursions into Icelandic airspace
Finland remains  'neutral', although it has edged closer to the NATO defence alliance in recent years, alarming Russian president Vladimir Putin. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the country's large military manoeuvres will feature airborne troops and military transport aviation, as well as the navy.