U.S. F-16 fighter jets have arrived in Poland in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine,the Pentagon announced Friday.
The first six arrived Thursday and the remaining six are expected later Friday, officials said.
A U.S. Air Force C-17 loaded with supplies and 150 U.S. military personnel to support the F-16 presence also landed in Poland Thursday, along with a U.S. C-130 loaded with some 25,000 field rations and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs).
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren described the mission as one intended to show support for U.S. allies in the region.
He also announced that the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush Aircraft Carrier Battle Group - including one guided-missile cruiser and two guided-missile destroyers that had been on a pre-scheduled exercise in the Mediterranean - will remain in the Med for “several more days.”
U.S. military officials insist that, even in a worst case scenario, the carrier battle group would not enter the Black Sea.