Defense News reports. that the Pentagon is. planning to remove two squadrons of F-15C Eagle fighter jets. stationed in Japan.
The move is intended to modernize the fleet by phasing out old aircraft such. as the F-15, which has been in service since 1976.
But the Pentagon said the older jets will be replaced by rotational forces rather than a permanent fighter presence.
That led several Republicans to write to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to explain why he isn’t reinforcing the units.
“As you know, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is expanding its aggression in the Indo-Pacific and beyond,” the letter reads.“We are concerned that [the Department of Defense’s] decision sends the wrong signal, not only to the CCP, but also to our allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific.”