Unprecedented U.S. Air Force Jet Deployment to Finland Is Sure to Upset Russia
Cold war chess. It’s worth pointing out these are air to air combat variants. If one looks up the combat statistics the F-15 has owned the skies for decades. 104 aircraft shot down with no losses. It’s a crystal clear message that NATO and friendly nations skies are protected. Very well protected.
Finland may not be a member of NATO, but it sure is becoming more closely aligned with the organization since Russia became a more belligerent power. Now, in an unprecedented deployment, F-15C/Ds from the 123rd Fighter Squadron home based in Portland, Oregon will descend on Rissala, Finland for cooperative aerial exercises.
The 123rd FS, along with the Florida Air National Guard’s 125th FS and their F-15s, have been very active in Europe as of late. Last year they spent many months in Central and Eastern Europe as part of theater security package aimed at increasing inter-operability among NATO air arms, reassuring NATO allies of America’s commitment to their common defense and deterring potential Russian aggression.