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Mar 18 2021

Norway's F-35 fighters on NATO High North air policing mission

KEFLAVIK, Iceland -  From March 2 to 23, 2021, the Royal Norwegian Air Force is conducting NATO's mission in Iceland providing their F-35 fighter aircraft to patrol the skies over the Ally in the High North. 

The Commander of NATO's Joint Force Command Norfolk, U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, and the Commander of the Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35 detachment, Lieutenant Colonel Tron Strand, describe the mission integrating in Iceland's security  into NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence. The Allied deployments to the High North demonstrate the commitment and readiness to securing Alliance airspace. Admiral Lewis' visit underlines the transatlantic link within NATO and the role of Joint Force Command Norfolk in securing lines of communications in the North Atlantic.
In terms of NATO Strategy, this mission is a refocus on deterrence. Deterrence starts here in the North Atlantic

Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, Commander Joint Force Command Norfolk

NATO Air Policing has been a cornerstone of Alliance collective security for 60 years. The deployment of modern fighter aircraft like the F-35 underscores how NATO Allies integrates innovative approaches to continue safeguarding Alliance airspace. 

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office, video by Royal Norwegian Air Force

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