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U.S. fighter jets to take part in drills in Estonia, Lithuania

RIA Novosti

09:54 14/09/2009 TALLINN, September 14 (RIA Novosti) - U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets will take part in two-stage military exercises in Estonia and Lithuania aimed at improving interoperability and combat readiness of NATO forces in the Baltic region.

The aircraft from the 494th Fighter Squadron based at the Royal Air Force base in Lakenheath (U.K.), will leave their base on Monday and land in Tallinn to later join the Estonian Scouts battalion and air defense personnel in drills to practice tactical air support for ground troops.

Operational control of the exercise will be carried out by NATO Air Force Headquarters at the Ramstein air base in Germany.

During the second stage of the exercises on September 22, the F-15s will participate in joint drills with the Lithuanian air defense battalion, which is located in the Radviliskis district.

 



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