U.S. Air Force F-16s deploy to Keflavik in support of Icelandic Air Surveillance and training

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The U.S. Air Force deployed Airmen and F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, to conduct an air surveillance mission in support of our NATO alliance commitments. After familiarization with Icelandic airspace and their certification, the aircraft will fly missions under the tactical control of NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centre in Uedem, Germany.

Since 2008, the U.S. Air Force has conducted annual air surveillance missions in Iceland as part of the NATO commitment to Iceland's security and defense. The United States will honor its security commitments and plans to continue this mission in the future.

Media interested in covering the surveillance mission should contact 52nd FW Public Affairs at least two weeks in advance to allow time for credentialing and coordination with the host nation. Point of contact is Capt. Andrea Valencia, andrea.valencia.4@us.af.mil or DSN: 452-6012.