RAMSTEIN, Germany - The Portuguese Air Force deployed approx. 70 military personnel and four of its F-16M fighter jets on 1 March to Malbork Air Base, Poland.
This operational training detachment takes place under the umbrella of the NATO’s Assurance Measures for 2019 It will be contributing directly to the principle of collective defence and the spirit of solidarity that characterizes the Alliance.
"The Portuguese Air Force stationed the F-16 "Vipers” for multi-role missions both Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground,” said the Portuguese detachment commander, Lieutenant Colonel Joao "Jedi” Rosa. "This offers increased flexibility and provides excellent training opportunities together with the Host Nation and Allied Armed Forces stationed in the area. We will not only work with NATO countries, but also Partner forces from Sweden and Finland.
The Portuguese jets will provide training support to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Groups deployed to the region and conduct activities with NATO Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft. Tactical control of this detachment is provided by the Combined Air Operations Centre in Uedem, Germany.
The Portuguese contingent will be deployed for two roughly months. The jets will then redeploy to their home base at Monte Real. After their deployment the pilots, support staff and fighters will return to ensure Air Policing missions over Portugal under the NATO-wide 24/7 peacetime operations.
Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office based on information provided by Portuguese Air Force detachment