The Pentagon said Monday that the US is sending six Navy EA-18G Growler electronic warfare jets and about 240 sailors to support them to Germany as Washington continues to buildup its forces in Europe.
Growlers are fighter jets equipped with radar jammers and other capabilities meant to disrupt communications. “This is in order to bolster readiness, enhance NATO’s collective defense posture and further increase air integration capabilities with our allied and partner nations,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
The announcement is the latest deployment in the US military buildup in Europe that started early in the year. There are currently more than 100,000 US troops in Europe for the first time since 2005. According to Stars and Stripes, about 14,000 US troops were sent to Europe in the past two months.
More deployments are expected as the US and NATO are looking to bolster their forces in Eastern Europe. Last week, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced the military alliance was creating four new battle groups that will be deployed to Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.
The US is working with its NATO allies to pour weapons into Ukraine from neighboring countries. Since the invasion started, the Biden administration has pledged over $1 billion in new military aid for Ukraine.