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NATO Air - policing mission

 

On January 3 Belgium's air contingent handed over NATO's mission of ensuring security in the airspace of the Baltic States to air personnel of the United States of America operating four F-15 C Eagle fighter-jets at a formal changeover ceremony at Šiauliai Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Force. 

 

 

 

The U.S. rotation the majority of which has deployed from its home base at Royal Air Force (RAF) Station Lakenheath, United Kingdom, is over 150-strong, it include pilots, engineers, medical personnel, support groups, communications personnel, etc. The U.S. air personnel will be carrying out the mission with four F-15 C Eagle fighter-jets.

 

 

 

Prior to the changeover ceremony Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas met with General Frank Gorenc, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Commander Allied Air Command headquartered at Ramstein Air Base (Germany). The officials discussed issues of the Baltic Air Policing mission, plans of Baltic Region Training Events (BRTE), and other relevant matters. 

 

Other participants of the rotation ceremony were Major General Edvardas Mažeikis, Commander of the Lithuanian Air Force, Lieutenant General Claude Van De Voorde, Commander of the Belgian Air Component, Mr Robert Silberstein, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States in Lithuania, representatives of Latvia and Estonia, Šiauliai municipality, and other guests.

 

 

NATO took over the duty of ensuring security of the Baltic airspace after Lithuania's, Latvia's and Estonia's accession to NATO in March 2004. 14 allies have already taken charge of the Baltic air policing tasks since then. The U.S. Air Contingent in 2014 will be the 34th rotation to take charge of the security of the Baltic airspace since launching the mission in 2004. 

 

NATO took the responsibility for the security of the Baltic airspace in March 2004 when Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia became NATO members. NATO allies deploy their air personnel and assets to conduct the Baltic Air Policing mission from the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base in Šiauliai on a rotational basis to fill in the Baltic States' shortage of relevant aircraft for independent protection of national airspace.


NATO Air Policing mission the Baltic States has already been conducted by Belgian, Danish, Czech, UK, Spanish, U.S., Polish, Norwegian, Dutch, Portuguese, French, Romanian, Turkish, and German air contingents.


The air assets deployed on the mission maintain a permanent readiness posture to scramble at short notice and take deterrent of other actions against the trespassers. 

 

This February the North Atlantic Council approved the Baltic Air Policing mission to be long-term. Before the extension the mission was mandated till 2014.

 

 NATO Air-policing mission in the Baltic airspace has been conducted in the following order:

 

 2014    
   USA  2014 01 03 - (fourth mission)
     
 2013    
   BELGIUM  2013 09 30 - 2014 01 03 (third mission)
   FRANCE  2013 04 30 - 2013 09 30 (fourth mission)
   DENMARK   2013 01 03 - 2013 04 30 (fourth mission)

2012

    

 

 CZECHIA  2012 08 31 - 2013 01 03 (second mission)
  POLAND   2012 04 26 - 2012 08 31 (fourth mission)
   GERMANY  2012 01 04 - 2012 04 26 (fifth mision)
     
2011    
 DENMARK  2011 09 02 -2012 01 04 (third mission)  
 FRANCE  2011 04 28 - 2011 09 02 (third mission)

 

 GERMANY - 2011 01 05 - 2011 04 28 (fourth mission)
     
2010    
   USA - 2010 09 01 - 2011 01 05 (third mission)
  POLAND  - 2010 04 30 - 2010 09 01 (third mission)
   FRANCE -  2010 01 04 - 2010 04 30 (second mission)
     
2009    
   GERMANY -  2009 08 31 - 2010 01 04 (third mission) 
  CZECHIA - 2009 05 01 - 2009 08 31 
   DENMARK -  2009 02 09 - 2009 05 01 (second mission)
     
2008     
  USA - 2008 10 30 - 2009 02 09 (second mission)
  GERMANY - 2008 07 30 - 2008 10 30 (second mission)
  POLAND  -  2008 03 15 - 2008 07 30 (second mission)
     
2007    
  NORWAY  - 2007 12 15 - 2008 03 15 (second mission)
  PORTUGAL  - 2007 11 01 - 2007 12 15  
  ROMANIA - 2007 08 01 - 2007 11 01 
  FRANCE - 2007 04 01 - 2007 08 01 
     
2006    
  BELGIUM  -2006 12 01 - 2007 04 01  (second mision)
  SPAIN -2006 08 01 - 2006 12 01  
  TURKEY - 2006 03 31 - 2006 08 01  
     
2005    
  POLAND  - 2005 12 30 - 2006 03 31  
  USA - 2005 09 30 - 2005 12 30  
  GERMANY - 2005 07 01 - 2005 09 30  
  NETHERLANDS  -2005 03 31 - 2005 01 21  
  NORWAY -2005 01 21 - 2005 03 21  
     
2004     
  UNITED KINGDOM - 2004 10 14 - 2005 01 21  
  DENMARK  -2004 07 01 - 2004 10 14  
  BELGIUM -2004 03 27 - 2004 07 01  

 

 

 

 

 

                             

                                                                                

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Updated on: 2014-01-10
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