February 17, 2016
YONGSAN ARMY GARRISON, Seoul, Republic of Korea – Four U.S. F-22 “Raptor” fighter aircraft conducted a combined formation flight alongside Republic of Korea F-15K “Slam Eagle” aircraft and U.S. F-16 “Fighting Falcon” fighter aircraft in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, to demonstrate the capabilities of the ROK-U.S. Alliance Feb. 17.
“The F-22 ‘Raptor’ is the most capable air superiority fighter in the world, and it represents one of many capabilities available for the defense of this great nation. The U.S. maintains an ironclad commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea,” said United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea deputy commander and U.S. 7th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, during a combined press engagement with media.
Republic of Korea Air Force Lt. Gen. Lee Wang-keon, ROK Air Force Operations Command commander, highlighted the strength of the ROK-U.S. Alliance’s air combat capabilities during his brief remarks.
‘…the ROK and U.S. combined Air Forces remain ready to deter North Korean threats, and are postured to defeat them with the strength of our combined air combat capability,’ Lt. Gen. Lee said.
This mission demonstrates the strength of the Alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea and the resolve of both nations to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula.