31 May '18, 1pm

F-22 Raptors Replace F-35As in Pacific for Theater Security Mission

F-22 Raptors Replace F-35As in Pacific for Theater Security Mission

The F-22 Raptor has deployed to the Pacific as part of a theater security mission, swapping in for the Air Force 's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter . Fifth-generation fighters, aircrew and support personnel from the 525th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson , Alaska, arrived this week at Kadena Air Base , Japan, as the new theater security package, a term describing forward-deployed aircraft units that conduct missions to reassure partner and ally forces and maintain security and stability across a region. The number of fighters that deployed was not disclosed. "Pacific Air Forces TSP deployments to the Indo-Pacific region signify a continued commitment to regional stability and security and have served as a routine and integral part of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's force posture since March 2004," Kadena's 18th Wing said in a release Thursday. Related content: Ame...

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