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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

US A-10s arrive in Estonia for 6-month rotation

A-10C Thunderbolt IITwelve A-10s arrived Monday at Amari Air Base in Estonia, the first stop in a deployment to Europe that’s expected to last about six months, the Air Force said Tuesday.

The deployment marks the second time the Warthogs have been sent to Europe as part of a so-called theater security package. Since February, the Pentagon has deployed three of these large groupings of aircraft and personnel to Europe for six-month missions in response to the continuing crisis in eastern Europe over Russia’s hostile actions in Ukraine.

The first theater security package was also comprised of A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, which deployed to Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany and returned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., last month.

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