Mar 6, 2014

USAF sends 6 F-15s, KC-135 to augment NATO mission in Baltics

The United States is augmenting its participation in NATO's air policing mission in the Baltics and will increase joint training through its aviation detachment in Poland.
The United States currently provides four F-15s to fill NATO's January-through-April air policing rotation in the Baltics.
For the past 10 years, NATO has provided on-call aircraft on a rotational basis to help in identifying and responding to violations of Baltic airspace. In addition to the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Czech Republic all contributed rotations over time since the mission's inception.
This week, the United States will send six additional F-15s and one KC-135 to augment the mission. These aircraft -- currently based at Lakenheath in the United Kingdom -- will be deployed to Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania.
Poland hosts 10 U.S Air Force personnel to support rotations of U.S. F-16s and C-130s for joint training with the Polish air force

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