"We live in turbulent times. However, I am confident that NATO and Allies will respond to Russia's aggressive actions appropriately. Including through strengthening of collective defence in NATO's Eastern flank," said Arvydas Anušauskas Lithuanian Minister of National Defence.
The Royal Danish Air Force are conducting the Air Policing mission in the Baltics for the ninth time. The Danish deployment will number approximately 80 service members, including pilots, engineers, paramedics and other personnel. They will work alongside the leading Polish air detachment in Lithuania and the augmenting Belgian air detachment in Estonia. Both nations operate four F-16 fighter aircraft and have been protecting the Baltic skies since December 2021.
NATO allies started deploying military personnel and fighter aircraft to guard the Baltic airspace in March 2004 as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia became members of NATO. Fourteen NATO Allies have guarded the Baltic skies since then and the current rotation of fighters is the 58th since the mission was launched