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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

David Cenciotti, The Aviationist
BusinessInsider.com
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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