October 12, 2011 10:55
Twelve F-16C "Fighting Falcons" and 200 personnel have arrived in Korea from the U.S. mainland and will be stationed here for six months, the U.S. Seventh Air Force Command here said Tuesday.
The F-16Cs and personnel from the 466th Air Expeditionary Squadron under the 419th Fighter Wing headquartered at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, arrived at Gunsan Base last Friday.
They will be stationed there for three months and then replaced by the 421st Air Expeditionary Squadron under the 388th Fighter Wing for another three months.
A press release quoted Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Remington, the commander of the Seventh Air Force, as saying the deployment "reaffirms the U.S. commitment to provide appropriate deterrence in the defense of the Korean Peninsula."
The F-16C also is the South Korean Air Force's main fighter model. It has a combat radius of 1,300 km even with two 1-ton bombs and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. It is capable of both aerial combat and ground attack.
The U.S. deployed the F-16C squadron in apparent efforts to ease South Korea's concern about a vacuum in the U.S. Forces Korea after the withdrawal of the AH-64D Apache squadron.
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