US Air Force F-16s in Djibouti


A detachment of US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons is operating out of Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti over concerns of threats to Americans in South Sudan.

The US Department of Defence released photos taken on 6 November of the aircraft at Camp Lemonnier, with around six aircraft deployed along with United Kingdom-based KC-135 Stratotankers. According to Air Forces Daily, the fighter aircraft are from the US Air Force’s 31st Fighter Wing’s 510th Fighter Squadron ‘Buzzards’, previously deployed to Aviano Air Base in Italy.

Stars and Stripes reports the aircraft were deployed to Djibouti in July. Quoting Africa Command, the publication said the deployment was a precautionary measure in order to protect Americans and American interests in South Sudan if required. The deployment came at the request of the State Department and embassy in the South Sudanese capital of Juba, Africom said.

In July Africom deployed 50 soldiers to South Sudan to protect US diplomatic personnel amid violence there.