US Sends F-16s To Romania To Ramp Up Eastern European Presence

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

David Cenciotti, The Aviationist
Apr. 8, 2014

The U.S. is going to station more F-16 fighter jets in Romania, amid rising tensions after Russia’s invasion and subsequent annexation of Crimea.

Even if the aircraft will only take part in a pre-planned joint exercise, the deployment of the American warplanes close to Ukraine is just the last of a series of actions aimed at reassuring eastern European and Baltic allies worried by Russia’s seemingly aggressive posture.

Twelve Aviano F-16s are currently stationed in Poland, along with three C-130s and parachutes. Meanwhile F-15Cs from RAF Lakenheath are providing Baltics Air Policing from Šiauliai, Lithuania where tension is high. The Russian Air Force’s intense military activity has heightened security concerns.

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