Thursday, July 26, 2012

US to station troops in Poland for first time

US army troops conduct a landing operation during the multinational exercise with participation of seven NATO countries including Poland. (File photo)

Source: Press TV

The United States is set to send a group of military forces to Poland for the first time to support fighter jets and transport planes.

The air force detachment "will arrive this fall to support quarterly F-16 and C-130 deployments beginning in 2013 and will be the first US forces stationed on Polish soil," the Pentagon said in a Wednesday statement.

Warsaw accepted to host rotations of F-16 and Hercules aircraft in 2010 and that the military planes to be deployed in Poland on a rotating basis as of 2013.

"The arrival of this detachment will mark a new step forward in the relationship between United States and Poland and enable closer military cooperation," Pentagon spokesman George Little said.
The Pentagon has in the past said that the interests of the US and NATO would be best served by moving F-16 fighter jets from Italy to Poland.
Poland is also expected to host a NATO missile system by 2018

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