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Two F-35 Lightning IIs and 20 supporting airmen are in Bulgaria Friday to bolster Europe’s defenses, U.S. European Command announced.
“This deployment clearly demonstrates our nation’s contribution to the security and collective defense here in Europe,” said Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the commander of U.S. European Command and NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe. “It shows we are serious about territorial integrity and will defend our interests with the most advanced capabilities our nation has to offer.”
The deployment is the second time the U.S. has sent F-35 Lightning IIs close to Russia this week. Lightning IIs were sent to Estonia on Tuesday.
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