Lithuania: Four F-15 jets arrive at Siauliai air base for Baltic Air Policing changeover

Four F-15 fighter jets of the Royal Danish Air Force arrived at the Siauliai air base, Monday as the part of the changeover of the Baltic Air Policing mission from US Air Force control to Royal Danish Air Force control. The Danish and the US officers took part in the formal handover ceremony, which was marked by a joint flyover. Lieutenant Colonel Casper Nielsen of the Royal Danish Air Force... Еще Detachment explained «we will always have four airplanes on alert, meaning that we can be airborne within a very short time. So any time or if, in the case that any aircraft should fly into the airspace over the Baltics, we'll fly up and intercept them and show them the way out.» NATO's Baltic Air Policing Mission aims to protect the Baltic airspace since Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia joined the NATO military alliance in March 2004. These countries do not possess the necessary air policing assets to defend their airspace. Therefore the Baltic States are protected by four fighter aircraft from other NATO members, on a four-month rotation basis.

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