U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs
9/5/2015 - ÄMARI AIR BASE, Estonia -- Two F-22 Raptors and one KC-135 Stratotanker arrived at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, today.
The F-22s and approximately 20 supporting Airmen are from the 95th
Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The KC-135 aircraft
is from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England.
This forward deployment of the Raptors is part of the inaugural F-22
training deployment to Europe and is funded by the European Reassurance
Initiative, which provides support to bolster the security of our NATO
allies and partners in Europe while demonstrating the U.S. commitment to
regional and global security. The F-22s will remain at Ämari for a
brief period of time before returning to Spangdahlem to continue their
The F-22 deployments to Spangdahlem, Łask and now Ämari prove that
European bases and other NATO installations can host 5th generation
fighters while also affording the chance for familiarization flight
training within the European theater.
This F-22 forward deployment is conducted in coordination with our
Estonian allies and is a demonstration of our continued commitment to
the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and
stability of the region.