Jan 8, 2014

United States takes over NATO air-policing mission in the Baltic states

The United States took over the NATO air-policing mission in the Baltic states on Friday following at the Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Force in Zokniai, replacing a Belgian air contingent.
The Americans will carry out the mission with four F-15 C Eagle fighter-jets.
The incoming rotation arrived from Royal Air Force (RAF) Station Lakenheath, United Kingdom, its home base, and consists of over 150 members. It will be the fourth time an American contingent is in charge of the mission.
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.

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