USAFE wings, NATO partners participate in exercise over Baltics

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  • By SMSgt Andrew Stephens
  • USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath; U.S. Air Force F-16s from the 52nd Fighter Wing from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; and U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing at Royal Air Force Mildenhall partnered with NATO Allies to conduct a find, fix, track, and target (F2T2) exercise over the Baltics, May 29, 2024.

Also participating were Dutch Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs. This latest F2T2 exercise was the largest such U.S.-led exercise in Europe to date, building on previous efforts to enhance U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa and NATO Allied interoperability.

F2T2 exercises require participating members to execute multi-domain operations by employing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets to locate and communicate potential target locations to other aircraft, with capabilities to strike the targets in an established time limit.

According to exercise planners, all training objectives for the exercise were accomplished. They added that the successful execution of this exercise demonstrates the close cooperation between U.S. and NATO Allied forces, furthering our shared commitment to global security and stability.

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