US F-15E Strike Eagles returned to Borcea Air Base in Romania and Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Bulgaria for the second phase of forward dispersions in support of Operation Castle Forge, a multinational training event that demonstrates the agile combat job.
“Castle Forge is designed to exercise the agility and rapid movement of air power to advanced locations, increasing the United States’ engagement with NATO allies in the Black Sea region while demonstrating the capability combined with the alliance to react with a flexible and reassuring presence, ”one read in a press release. US Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa press release quoted by local Agerpres.
The Strike Eagles initially arrived at Larissa Air Base in Greece on October 6 to train alongside the F-16 Fighting Falcons of the Hellenic Air Force. From October 18 to 22, they operated from Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Bulgaria and Borcea Air Base in Romania for the first phase of Castle Forge forward dispersal. Then they returned to Greece. Training will continue in Romania and Bulgaria over the next few days.
“Castle Forge is one of the best opportunities we’ve had to test how we deliver air power from locations with varying levels of capability and support,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of the USAFE-AFAFRICA and NATO Allied Air Command. “As this operation continues, we increase the complexity, speed and flexibility of our movements – and we do it with our allies – because that’s exactly how we will fight if we are there. called. “
(Photo source: Usafe.af.mil; photo by Captain Andrew Layton)