The US Air Force 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base recently practised air surveillance and interception coverage over Keflavik AB, Iceland, to maintain the integrity of the NATO airspace, from July 29 to August 10 as part of Icelandic Air Surveillance 2019 (IAS 2019).
Captain Dominic Collins, 480th Fighter Squadron IAS 2019 mission commander, said: “This mission is a commitment to enhancing regional security. The US routinely trains with its European counterparts and has been participating in this IAS mission since 2008.
“Conducting missions with our NATO allies demonstrates our shared commitment to peace and better prepares us to respond to a range of potential security and humanitarian emergencies we may face in the future.”
The primary focus of IAS 2019 was for pilots to conduct scramble alerts and get their flying certifications for intercept missions.
Source: US Air Force