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Denmark takes over NATO Air Policing in the Baltics

03.09.2019  15:34

On 3 September 2019, Belgium and Denmark officially took over the NATO Baltic Air Policing from Hungary and Spain at Siauliai Aviation base, Lithuania. Denmark is contributing with four F-16 fighter jets and up to 60 military personnel will be staying at the air base in support of the Danish Air Policing mission.

Denmark’s contribution will last four months, and 2019 marks the seventh time that Denmark participates in NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. Danish fighter jets were deployed in 2004, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2018. Last week the Danish Government decided – with support of the Danish Parliament – that the Danish air force will return in 2021.

Ambassador Hans Brask passed on greetings from the newly appointed Danish Minister of Defence, Trine Bramsen who was both pleased and proud that Danish F-16 once again were doing an important and needed contribution in light of the security situation in the Baltic Sea region.

Lithuanian Vice Minister of Defence Vytautas Umbrasas, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Major General Valdemaras Rupšys, Commander of NATO Allied Air Command General Jeffrey Lee Harrigian, Chief of the Royal Danish Air Force General Anders Rex and the Danish Defence Attaché Colonel Niels Henrik Johansen also attended the hand-over ceremony.





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