The U.S. will deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe ''very soon'' as part of the ''European Reassurance Initiative,'' says Air Force Secretary. Sean Carberry reports.
STORY: During the Cold War, the U.S. deployed missiles across Europe. Now, the U.S. is sending the world's most advanced fighter jet to the continent. F-22 Raptors will soon deploy as part of the "European Reassurance Initiative," according to Air Force Secretary Deborah James. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AIR FORCE SECRETARY, DEBORAH JAMES, SAYING: "Airman who are part of this inaugural F-22 training deployment will train with our joint partners and Nato allies across Europe as part of our continued effort to assure our allies and demonstrate our commitment to the security and stability of Europe." The deployment of the 5th generation fighter is seen as an effort to ease concerns among NATO allies about Russian military aggression in the region. General Mark Welsh is the Air Force Chief of Staff. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL MARK WELSH, AIR FORCE CHIEF OF STAFF, SAYING: "The F-22 deploying to Europe is just the continuation of deploying it everywhere we can to train with our partners. We're going to be doing a training deployment. We'll operate with a number of different air forces. We'll get the F-22 into facilities that we would potentially use in a conflict in Europe." Despite being in service for nearly a decade, the F-22 saw its first combat action last year in air strikes against Islamic State.