Two F-22 Raptors and one KC-135 Stratotanker arrived at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, last April 22.

USAF F-22 Raptor in Romania

The F-22s and approximately 20 supporting Airmen came from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

"Today, I would like to emphasize this deployment as a demonstration of our promise to support Romania and the rest of our NATO allies," Lt. Gen. Timothy Ray, 3rd Air Force commander, said during a press conference. "Romania is one of our strongest allies."

This is the largest F-22 deployment to Europe to date and is partially 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 MK for a brief period of time before returning to RAF Lakenheath, England, to continue their training deployment.

"Today, we rapidly deployed these aircraft, along with a KC-135 Stratotanker, here to showcase our flexible response and our range of capabilities," Ray explained. "These aircraft have the ability to project air dominance quickly, at great distances, to defeat any possible threat."

The F-22 deployments to RAF Lakenheath and MK 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.

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