The fact that Switzerland is a NATO Partner and not a member does not matter in this Tiger context. "We have common tactics, techniques and procedures for aircraft missions; our pilots are gathering invaluable experiences in an exceptional mix of training missions in areas above the sea and over mainland Greece," added Witschi underlining the importance of personal contacts and friendships across the Tiger squadrons from all participating nations.
"This year, unfortunately, we can only fly with our colleagues for one week," said the Swiss major, "because we are scheduled to be on standby to protect the Davos World Economic Forum. Our F/A-18s will fly surveillance missions there protecting the meeting from the air, and our pilots will be able to apply in practice the lessons learned during the NATO Tiger Meet 2022 in Araxos, Greece," he added.
Established in 1952, Swiss Fliegerstaffel 11 based at Meiringen Air Base, Switzerland has been a member of the NATO Tiger Association since 1981.
Switzerland is a longstanding, valued partner for NATO. Switzerland's participation in NATO Tiger Meet 2002 demonstrates close NATO Ally-Partner interoperability