Eight American F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters have arrived at the Graf Ignatievo base in Bulgaria to participate in the Thracian Star 21 exercises, the US Air Force Command in Europe reports.

As reported, during the exercises, the United States and Bulgaria will work out rapid deployment in remote areas. The exercises are also aimed at “providing effective forces for stability in the region.”

“Participation in multinational exercises such as Thracian Star 21 strengthens our professional relations and generally contributes to better coordination with the forces of allies and partners in times of crisis,” the statement said.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters are permanently based at the Aviano base in Italy.