The United States has sent three Marine Corps aviation units to Eastern Europe and Germany to bolster NATO’s eastern flank further. Along with the 400 US Marines, the US has also deployed 10 F-18 Hornet fighter jets, 6 EA-18G Growlers, and “a couple of Marine Corps C-130s” as the Russian invasion of Ukraine seems to be still picking up steam despite Moscow’s pledges to ease military activity in Northern Ukraine.
According to Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby, some 200 Marines assigned to Marine Air Control Group 28’s command-and-control unit based from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, were repositioned to Lithuania following exercise Cold Response in Norway. He reports that they are already in Lithuania.
The 10 F-18 Hornet fighter jets and C-130s from Beaufort, South Carolina, were also going to be repositioned to Eastern Europe. However, Kirby said that they did not have an exact destination for them as of the present time. This repositioning will also involve 200 Marines, making a total of 400.
When asked if these deployments were to help fulfill the 14,000 troops the US had previously committed to send to Europe, Kirby answered that it was not about numbers and that they were just making sure to have the “right capabilities.”