US fighter aircraft arrive in Poland

2021-04-19 20:58 update: 2021-04-21, 18:12
A US F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft. Phot. EPA/VALDA KALNINA
A US F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft. Phot. EPA/VALDA KALNINA
Twenty-four US planes are taking part in an aircraft deployment exercise for air forces in Europe.

"Several dozen F-15s and F-16s airplanes landed in Poland today. @US_EUCOM (American military command in Europe) is practicing rapid air force deployment in Europe using, among others, Polish airbases," Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak wrote on Twitter on Monday.

The US planes arrived in Poland as part of another shift in the joint Aviation Detachment training programme. The mission of the Aviation Detachment is to strengthen cooperation between key NATO allies through regular joint training exercises and rotational deployment of US military aircraft. 

This time around, US pilots stationed at Lask and Krzesiny airbases are to train in direct cooperation with Poland's land forces.

Blaszczak added that by practicing together "we strengthen the security of our region #StrongerTogether."(PAP)