U.S. Air Power F-22 Raptors arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base, within the United Arab Emirates, Feb. 12 as a part of a multifaceted demonstration of U.S. assist after a collection of assaults all through January threatened U.S. and Emirati armed forces stationed on the host set up. The Secretary of Protection ordered the fast deployment of the fifth-generation plane in coordination with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the UAE and can be a part of a spread of joint, coalition and allied and accomplice fight airpower capabilities already based mostly throughout the area.

“By way of the very important assist of the 192d Wing and the 633rd Air Base Wing, we had been capable of get the twenty seventh Fighter Squadron out the door on short-notice. Our Raptors are modernized highly-capable fighters, operated by the best Airmen, they usually deliver decisive airpower wherever they go,” stated Col. William Creeden, 1st Fighter Wing commander.


U.S. Air Power F-22 Raptors arrive at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 12, 2022. (U.S. Air Power photograph by Tech. Sgt. Chelsea E. FitzPatrick)

“The unparalleled capabilities of the F-22 in a wide range of missions, in addition to its means to interoperate with joint, coalition, allied and accomplice forces make it ideally suited to serve within the Center East area throughout this important time,” stated Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, ninth AF (AFCENT) commander. “The Raptors’ presence will bolster already robust accomplice nation defenses and places destabilizing forces on discover that the U.S. and our companions are dedicated to enabling peace and stability within the area.”

The Airmen and F-22s are deployed from the first Fighter Wing, positioned at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The Raptor’s final deployment to the area was from June 2019-February 2020. The Division of Protection has additionally despatched the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Cole to accomplice with the UAE Navy. It’s now docked in Abu Dhabi and can proceed to supply early warning intelligence, and collaborate on air protection. Collectively, the actions function a transparent sign that the USA stands with the UAE as a strategic accomplice.