US deploys F-16 squadron to UAE

According to an official announcement by the Central Command, it was done "to deter aggression and promote security and stability". The personnel will engage in training, combat operations and rapid employment of American forces "anywhere around the globe at any moment." 

F-16s landing at Al-Dhafra airbase in the UAE. Photo: US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais

The US Central Command announced last week that a squadron of F-16 Falcon fighters has been transferred from Germany to the United Arab Emirates "to deter aggression and promote security and stability within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility."

According to the official announcement by the Central Command, which was reported by Defense Blog, the 480th Fighter Squadron will engage in air training and combat operations, practice rapid deployment of American forces anywhere around the globe at any moment, as well as cooperation with coalition forces and allies.  

The 480th squadron belongs to the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem airbase in Germany. The planes, aircrews and ground crews were transferred from there to the UAE Air Force base.

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