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Restoration of US air base in Iceland does not mean troops will follow, Navy says

The Navy’s construction of a former air base in Iceland does not necessarily mean that U.S. troops will again be stationed in the country, according to Navy officials. In response to an increased Russian naval presence in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, the Navy is renovating a hangar to accommodate submarine-hunting P-8A Poseidon aircraft, reported Stars and Stripes . The Navy was awarded nearly $36 million for the construction project in the two most recent defense budgets as part of an initiative that began after Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014. Naval Air Station Keflavik, which once was home to 5,000 troops, was deactivated in 2006 after serving as a way-station during World War II and the Cold War. It has been all but abandoned since, save the occasional one or two aircraft operating out of Iceland during a military exercise, according to Cmdr. Pamela Ra...

Full article: https://www.navytimes.com/news/2018/01/10/restoration-of-...

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