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NATO Air - policing mission

 

On April 30 a formal rotation ceremony of air contingents deployed on the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission was took place at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai. Following a four-month rotation and an augmentation the United States' Air Contingent was replaced by Polish military with four Mig-29 fighter jets. Their mission, too, was strengthened by 4 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets contributed by the United Kingdom. 

 

   

 

The rotation ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Commander Allied Air Component in Ramstein General Franc Gorenc, Commander of the Lithuanian Air Force Major General Edvardas Mažeikis, Ambassador of the United States in Lithuania Deborah McCarthy, Ambassador of Poland in Lithuania Jaroslaw Czubinski, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Lithuania David Hunt, representatives from Denmark, Estonia, the city of Šiauliai, and others.

 

Pand is contribute to the security of the Baltic airspace for the fifth time. The majority of the incoming rotation consisting of nearly 100 members - pilots, technical and medical personnel, support teams, communications and other specialists, will deploy from their home base in Malbork.

 

The United Kingdom which was support this rotation was took part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission for the second time. The British personnel numbering approximately 140 was deployed from their permanent base in Leeming, Yorkshire.


The outgoing U.S. Air Component began their tour of duty on January 1, 2014, with four F-15 C Eagle fighter aircraft. It was augmented by six more F-15 C Eagles and personnel as a result of NATO's decision to enhance the Baltic Air Policing Mission and U.S. demonstration of its continued commitment to European security and solidarity with other NATO allies in light of the situation in Ukraine. The mission personnel totalled approximately 160.

 

A decade-long NATO's Baltic Air Policing Mission is more than a security assurance; it is also an excellent example of commitment to collective defence. 14 NATO allies provided 34 rotations of air capabilities to patrol the Baltic airspace over the span of the mission to ensure Lithuania's security. In its turn, Lithuania is fully prepared to render all host nation support required to the contributed air contingents.


Another four aircraft, F-16 fighter jets of the Danish Air Force was strengthened the security of the Baltic airspace by patrolling from the Amari Air Base of the Estonian Air Force as of May 1.

 

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    
  POLAND 2014-04-30 - 9fifth mission) 
   USA  2014 01 03 - 2014-04-30 (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: 2014-05-19
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