STUTTGART, Germany — In a demonstration of our continued commitment to the fight against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, United States European Command directed the U.S. Air Force to deploy six F-15Es to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The F-15Es from the 48th Fighter Wing based at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, arrived today at approximately 3:50 p.m. Eastern European Time (EET).
These aircraft will conduct counter-ISIL missions in Iraq and Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. These F-15Es join
six F-15Cs currently deployed to Incirlik AB, also from the 48th Fighter Wing. The F-15Cs are conducting combat air patrols in Turkish air space to help secure sovereign Turkish airspace. Turkey and the U.S. are long-time NATO Allies and the U.S. Air Force has a long history of working closely with Turkey. As always, we are guests of the government of Turkey at Incirlik Air Base, and there are no plans for a more permanent U.S. presence at this location. We will continue to work closely with our Turkish partners on supporting the sovereignty of Turkish airspace and our shared
efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL. The U.S. and Turkey, as NATO allies, share a commitment to peace and stability in the region.