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Navy electronic attack aircraft heading to Germany

The Pentagon says it is deploying six Navy electronic warfare aircraft to support NATO defenses according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. The EA-18G Growler aircraft will be stationed in Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany and are not intended for use in Ukraine.

The Defense Department announced Monday that six EA-18G Growlers, with 240 aircrew and maintainers, will head to Spangdahlem, Germany, as part of 14,000 troops the U.S. has committed to reassure NATO. The Boeing-built planes specialise in flying electronic warfare missions using jamming sensors to confuse enemy radars, “greatly aiding in the ability to conduct suppression of enemy air defense operations,” Kirby said.

However, the electronic attack aircraft will not be conducting any jamming missions. They will conduct fly missions to “reinforce deterrence capabilities of the alliance on the eastern flank. They are not there to engage Russian assets, that is not the goal,” Kirby said. Whether the jets fly presence missions, as the F-35s deployed to the Baltic countries in late February have done, will be up to the U.S. European Command, Kirby said.

This latest announcement brings the total mobilization of U.S. troops since February to about 11,800.

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