The roots of Ämari Air Base can be traced back until 1919, when a unit performing air base functions was established at a place called Lasnamäe. From 1940 to 1941, the Soviet Union established its military airfield where today Ämari Air Base is located. After the war, it was used as a reserve airfield, which in 1952 was converted into a main airfield.
The cooperation with the Allies has been successful for both sides as we share our knowledge and experiences
The Estonian Air Force unit Ämari Air Base was founded on 15 May 1997 as a tactical military unit of the Estonian Defence Forces under the command of the Commander of the Estonian Air Force. The main tasks of the Air Base are providing host nation support for the Allies' personnel and aircraft and the organisation of aviation activities in the Estonian Defence Forces.
Up until 2004 Ämari Air Base also housed a conscript training facility; today the base is only staffed with active servicemen and civilian employees. A major base infrastructure overhaul from 2008 to 2012 paved the way for Ämari Air Base to meet the criteria for inclusion in NATO's Integrated Air and Missile Defence System.
Starting in May 2014, Ämari Air Base received NATO's fighter detachments, which were deployed to increase the Alliance's Air Policing capability and assure Allies on the eastern flank of NATO cohesion, solidarity and readiness.
"When the Estonian Air Force established today's Ämari Air Base, it consisted of around 15 people; today - more than 100 years after it originated - the air base employs a few hundred people every day," said the Base Commander Lieutenant Colonel Mark Trubok. "It is important to note that global aviation is also roughly 100 years old, which means that our air base is almost as old as most air force units around the world," he added.
"Since 2014, we have had the chance to work with nine different nations. The cooperation with the Allies has been successful for both sides as we share our knowledge and experiences," said Lieutenant Colonel Trubok.
Ämari Air Base consists of the following sections that are under the authority of the Commander of the Air Base: Base Operations Centre, Base Defence Operations Centre, Flight Group, Airfield Operations Group, Support Group and Training Centre.
In addition to the facilitating NATO's Air Policing fighter deployments and national training flights, Ämari Air Base hosts aircraft during NATO Air Policing exercises with participation of Swedish and Finnish fighters and multinational exercises such as the bilateral Estonian-US exercise Saber Strike.