Spain, Belgium take over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission


Spain and Belgium will take over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission from Hungary and Germany, NATO said Tuesday.


The 40th rotation of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission will take place on Jan. 7 in Lithuania and Estonia, a NATO statement said.

Germany and Hungary had been patrolling the airspace over the Baltic countries since last September.

Spain will lead the mission for the first four months of 2016 with four Eurofighter Typhoon jets based in Lithuania. Four Belgian F-16 fighter jets will be deployed in Estonia, the bloc said.

NATO Baltic Air Policing missions have been carried out since 2004 with NATO Allies taking turns deploying their interceptors and staff in the Baltic States in a four-month rotation. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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