For the third time after 2017 and 2018 RAF Typhoon will execute NATO's mission showcasing Allied unity, cohesion and interoperability. The fighter aircraft are normally stationed at RAF Lossiemouth, where they are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week to safeguard NATO airspace near the United Kingdom under NATO and national Air Policing.
Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter during NATO enhanced Air Policing mission. Archive photo from Allied Air Command
The Typhoon detachment deploying to Romania to conduct NATO enhanced Air Policing is a continuation of Allied support for NATO's collective defence and visible deterrence of aggression. NATO members agreed on introducing these assurance measures in 2014 in response to Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea. The enhanced Air Policing assets of Allies together with Romanian fighter aircraft offer flexibility to safeguard NATO airspace along the Black Sea shores.