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    Impact of F-35 Deployment on Deterring Aggression in the Middle East

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    As of late September 2023, the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has confirmed that the mission of the U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters in the Middle East, aimed at deterring Iranian aggression and Russian interference, has come to an end.

    Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II over Florida” by aeroman3 is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

    The advanced fighters left the region after bolstering U.S. Navy operations in the Strait of Hormuz and over Syria, marking a significant assertion of American airpower in a geopolitically tense landscape.

    Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II aircraft train in Nevada” by aeroman3 is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

    Lt. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich, Air Forces Central (AFCENT) commander, articulated the impact of the F-35 deployment, stating, “What the F-35s did is they gave us additional capacity.”

    Luke AFB Aerial Shoot with a Lockheed Martin F-35A-2B ‘Lightning II’ (JSF) (s/n 12-5056) and a General Dynamics F-16C Block 42A ‘Fighting Falcon’ (s/n 87-0360)” by aeroman3 is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

    These capabilities were crucial in supporting the U.S. Navy’s combat air patrols over the Strait of Hormuz and contributed to a broader coalition effort over Syria, deterring Russian fighters from engaging in unsafe behavior toward U.S. forces.

    F-35 Lightning II completes Edwards testing” by MultiplyLeadership is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    The 421st Air Expeditionary Squadron operated the F-35s which arrived in the region on July 26, prompted by Iranian attacks on commercial shipping and by heightened Russian aerial provocations.

    F-35 Lightning Drops a Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb” by Defence Images is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

    In the Persian Gulf, their presence enabled U.S. forces to maintain critical missions while adding sophisticated airpower to back Navy vessels.

    CGI: A F-35 Lightning II Landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth” by Defence Images is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

    This is evidenced by the USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group’s deployment, which included Harrier jets capable of vertical or short takeoff and landing operations.

    F-35 Lightning II” by Chad Horwedel is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    These actions have effectively discouraged Iran from aggressive acts against maritime shipping in the region.

    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Lightning II” by Dysanovic is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    Grynkewich further highlighted the moderation of Russian tactics post-deployment, noting, “They still fly in the airspace, but not directly overhead of our forces, so I welcome that shift in behavior.”

    F-35 Lightning-II” by nebarnix is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

    “My view is that deterrence is temporal,” Grynkewich said of Iran.

    Lockheed Martin F-35 ‘Lightning II’ Heritage Flight Team” by aeroman3 is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

    “We’ve surged forces in response to a specific threat. That shows American commitment to the region.

    Goodbye Edwards, (Lockheed Martin F-35 ‘Lightning II’ ‘Joint Strike Fighter’s’ depart), hello Nellis.” by aeroman3 is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

    It shows that our American strategy has been, with our posture being less than once, shown a commitment to bring forces in for either major exercises for assurance purposes or when a threat requires it.

    An F-35 Lightning II completes a flyover of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000).” by Official U.S. Navy Imagery is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    “And we certainly did that in this case.”

    Marines signal an F-35C Lightning II, assigned to the ‘Black Knights’ of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, to launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).” by Official U.S. Navy Imagery is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    On Oct. 8, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced the Pentagon was enhancing the U.S. presence in the region by deploying the Gerard R. Ford aircraft carrier and cruise missile-carrying ships to the Eastern Mediterranean.

    An F-35C Lightning II, assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, launches off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2021.” by Official U.S. Navy Imagery is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    The following day, a senior defense official cautioned the militant group Hezbollah to “reconsider” opening a northern front against Israel and stated the U.S. is prepared to intervene militarily.

    Relevant articles:
    F-35s Leave Middle East After Deployment to Deter Iran and Russia, Air & Space Forces Magazine
    F-35s Arrive in CENTCOM Amid Threats from Russia, Iran, Air & Space Forces Magazine, Jul 26, 2023
    Doubling down on deterrence: US sends F, Breaking Defense, Jul 17, 2023
    A Dozen US F-35 Stealth Fighters Arrive In Middle East To Counter Russian, Iranian Belligerence, EurAsian Times, Jul 27, 2023

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