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New year begins with new Allies assuring NATO Baltic Air Policing


Media advisory for Handover-Takeover Ceremonies at Šiauliai, Lithuania and Ämari, Estonia

On January 7, 2016 NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission will officially hand over at both Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, and Ämari Air Base, Estonia. Two separate handover-takeover ceremonies will take place at the bases with high-level political and military representatives from all Allies involved in NATO’s BAP 39th and 40th rotations.

At Šiauliai Air Base, Hungary concludes its first deployment under NATO’s mission, providing safety to the Baltic region through the end of 2015. Spain will now serve as the new BAP lead nation, which is the second deployment for Spanish Air Force jets to Šiauliai after their last mission in 2006 with the Mirage F1 fighter.  In the interim years, Spain augmented the BAP mission at Ämari, Estonia, from January to the beginning of May 2015.

At Ämari Air Base, the deployment of German Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft also draws to a close, and Belgian F-16 fighter jets will arrive and take over the mission there. For Belgium, this is the second deployment as an augmenting nation after taking an extended seven-month rotation from January to August 2015. Belgium served as the first nation to provide fighters under the BAP rotational plan back in March 2004, starting the Allied BAP success story. Their airmen and aircraft also executed the mission in 2006 and 2013.

The BAP mission is a visible assurance to NATO Allies and a demonstration of the Alliance’s commitment to the collective defence of its members The alert aircraft visibly prove the Alliance is ready and responsive 24/7/365.

Note to editors:

Media interested in attending the ceremony at Šiauliai Air Base on January 7 will need to arrive on site by 10:30 local time. All media representatives are invited to send their personal information to LTU MOD for accreditation via vis@kam.lt and copy to  Šiauliai Air Base Public Affairs Office, Captain Ieva Gulbiniene (email ieva.gulbiniene@mil.lt), by January5.  For further information please contact Šiauliai Air Base Public Affairs Office by email or by phone at +370 41 592 151, +370 686 00655 or +37060988602.

Media interested in attending the ceremony at Ämari Air Base on January 7 will need to arrive on site by 13:30 local time. All media representatives are invited to send their personal information to the Ämari Public Affairs Office, Dr. Alar Laats (email alar.laats@mil.ee), by 16:00 on January 6. For further information please contact Ämari Public Affairs Office by email or by phone at +372 717 3604.

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