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380th AEW fighters support combat air patrol missions in Arabian Gulf

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron refuels from a KC-10 Extender June 27, 2019, at an undisclosed location during a surface combat air patrol mission. The F-15Es are currently supporting SuCAP missions for maritime transportation in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erin Piazza)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron refuels from a KC-10 Extender June 27, 2019, at an undisclosed location during a surface combat air patrol mission. The F-15Es are currently supporting SuCAP missions for maritime transportation in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erin Piazza)

Two F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron approach a KC-10 Extender for refueling June 27, 2019, at an undisclosed location during a surface combat air patrol mission over the Arabian Gulf. The various munitions configurations provide the jets with diverse response options while conducting combat air patrol missions in support of maritime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erin Piazza)

Two F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron approach a KC-10 Extender for refueling June 27, 2019, at an undisclosed location during a surface combat air patrol mission over the Arabian Gulf. The various munitions configurations provide the jets with diverse response options while conducting combat air patrol missions in support of maritime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erin Piazza)

An F-15E Strike Eagle  sits while waiting for an upcoming mission July 15, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The F-15E is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and is currently supporting surface combat air patrol operations in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)

An F-15E Strike Eagle sits while waiting for an upcoming mission July 15, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The F-15E is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and is currently supporting surface combat air patrol operations in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)

An F-15E Strike Eagle weapons load crew team prepares munitions July 15, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The F-15E has the capability to carry any air-to surface weapon in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)

An F-15E Strike Eagle weapons load crew team prepares munitions July 15, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The F-15E has the capability to carry any air-to surface weapon in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sean Logan, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew team member, adjusts a pylon before attaching a munition to an F-15E Strike Eagle July 15, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The F-15E is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and is currently supporting surface combat air patrol operations in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sean Logan, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew team member, adjusts a pylon before attaching a munition to an F-15E Strike Eagle July 15, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The F-15E is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and is currently supporting surface combat air patrol operations in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kiefer May, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew team chief, straps munitions to a lift July 15, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Weapons load crews work 24/7 operations to support loading and configuring various munitions for the F-35A Lightning II, F-15E Strike Eagle and F-15C Eagle jets at ADAB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kiefer May, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew team chief, straps munitions to a lift July 15, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. Weapons load crews work 24/7 operations to support loading and configuring various munitions for the F-35A Lightning II, F-15E Strike Eagle and F-15C Eagle jets at ADAB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)

The F-15E Strike Eagles from the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron are flying air operations in support of maritime surface warfare.

Their role is to conduct combat air patrol missions over the Arabian Gulf and provide aerial escorts of naval vessels as they traverse the Strait of Hormuz.

The F-15E is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and is currently conducting Surface Combat Air Patrol (SuCAP) operations to ensure free and open maritime commerce in the region. 

The 336th EFS is assigned to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, and arrived in country the second week of June, joining ADAB’s inventory of other fighters to include F-15C Eagles and F-35A Lightning IIs. 

The F-15E has the capability of carrying a robust assortment of air-to-ground munitions, and flies with various configurations to ensure an ability to respond effectively to dynamic situations.