With lead nation Portugal and augmenting nation United Kingdom half way through their deployments in support of NATO's 41st rotation of the Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission, new nations are getting ready to take over at the
end of summer.
is going to be the new lead nation flying four Mirage 2000-5 fighters
out of the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base at Šiauliai. The deployment of
the jets – normally stationed with 1/2 Fighter Squadron "Cigognes" or "Storks" at
Luxeuil – will
start on 31 August. This is the sixth time the French Air Force
contributes to the Allied mission.
will be augmented by Germany. Four Eurofighter jets will deploy to
Ämari Air Base in Estonia for the same timeframe under the 42nd BAP rotation. For the eighth time since inception of the mission in 2004 the German Air
Force assures safety and security in the Baltic skies – five times being the lead nation and three times in an augmenting role.
From September on, German Eurofighter Typhoon jets will be flying above the Baltic Sea again as they augment NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission out of Amari Air Base, Estonia. Photo by Christian Timmig, HQ AIRCOM Public Affairs Office
Air Policing across the airspace of all Allies is a purely defensive
activity preserving the integrity of that airspace. It is an important
confidence building measure to demonstrate Alliance solidarity and
resolve. So far, 17 NATO
Allies have participated in this mission.