Update: F-22 deployment to Europe

An RAF Typhoon FGR4 and a U.S.F-15E Strike Eagle are displayed during a press briefing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 14. The event covered the historic F-22 Raptor training deployment to the United Kingdom. The F-22s deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and will conduct air training with other U.S. Air Force aircraft as well as Royal Air Force aircraft.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Babis/Released)

An RAF Typhoon FGR4 and a U.S.F-15E Strike Eagle are displayed during a press briefing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 14. The event covered the historic F-22 Raptor training deployment to the United Kingdom. The F-22s deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and will conduct air training with other U.S. Air Force aircraft as well as Royal Air Force aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Babis/Released)

An F-22 Raptor from the 95th Fighter Squadron lands at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 12, 2016. The aircraft arrival marks the second time the U.S. European Command has hosted a deployment of F-22 aircraft in the EUCOM Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis)

An F-22 Raptor from the 95th Fighter Squadron lands at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 12, 2016. The aircraft arrival marks the second time the U.S. European Command has hosted a deployment of F-22 aircraft in the EUCOM Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis)

A formation of F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron prepare to land at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 12, 2016. The training allows the perfect opportunity for the advanced aircraft to train alongside other U.S. Air Force aircraft, joint partners and NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis)

A formation of F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron prepare to land at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 12, 2016. The training allows the perfect opportunity for the advanced aircraft to train alongside other U.S. Air Force aircraft, joint partners and NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis)

An F-22 Raptor from the 95th Fighter Squadron lands at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 12, 2016. The aircraft arrival marks the second time the U.S. European Command has hosted a deployment of F-22 aircraft in the EUCOM Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis)

An F-22 Raptor from the 95th Fighter Squadron lands at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 12, 2016. The aircraft arrival marks the second time the U.S. European Command has hosted a deployment of F-22 aircraft in the EUCOM Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The U.S. Air Force has deployed 12 F-22 Raptors and approximately 250 Airmen and associated equipment to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.

The aircraft began arriving Monday from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, to conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft until May.

"This F-22 training deployment is the perfect opportunity for these advanced aircraft to train alongside other U.S. Air Force aircraft, joint partners, and NATO allies," said General Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander.

The arrival of the squadron marks the largest F-22 deployment to Europe to date. During their time in Europe, the aircraft and Airmen will also participate in the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Lafayette Escadrille in Paris, France, April 20.

"It's important we test our infrastructure, aircraft capabilities, and the talented Airmen and allies who will host these aircraft in Europe," said Gorenc. "This deployment advances our airpower evolution and demonstrates our resolve and commitment to European safety and security."

The F-22s will also forward deploy from the U.K. to NATO bases to maximize training opportunities, which help streamline integrative response capabilities throughout the region. The deployment also serves to demonstrate U.S. dedication to NATO allies, and deter any actions that destabilize regional security.

For further information, contact U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa Public Affairs at +49 (0) 6371 47 6558 or via e-mail at: usafepao.pao@us.af.mil.  If after duty hours, call +49 0162-425-5428 or send e-mail to: usafepa.pastaffdutyofficer@us.af.mil.