While the United States is poised to phase out its F-15 squadron in Japan, it will continue to deploy its F-15s to maintain a strong fighter presence.

A flight of F-15C Eagles from the 144th Fighter Wing stationed at Fresno Air Base in California touched down at Kadena Air Base in Japan earlier this month, the United States Air Force reported.

In a press release, the service said this deployment of National Guard Eagles to the “Keystone of the Pacific” marks a crucial step in strengthening regional defense capabilities.