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29 August 2014 16:45

German fighters start patrolling Baltic skies from Ämari

German fighters start patrolling Baltic skies from Ämari German fighters start patrolling Baltic skies from Ämari

A ceremony was held today at Ämari Air Force Base, where Danish airmen handed over the Baltic Air Policing Mission to German Air Force.

“The deployment of Allied aircraft at Ämari is a clear sign of NATO´s unity. With the current complex security situation in Europe, our Allies have demonstrated a strong solidarity with Estonia,” Minister of Defence of Estonia, Sven Mikser said.

Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, Major General Riho Terras thanked the Danish airmen for their excellent service and awarded them with the Baltic air policing mission medal. Major General Terras stressed that the security situation in around Estonia today demands for a strong and continued Allied presence in the region and Baltic Air Policing Mission serves as a good example here.

Danish airmen began their deployment at Ämari Air Force Base April 30 and during the last four months have flown 15 identification flights and 130 training flights with their F-16 fighters. Danish pilots accumulated altogether 600 air hours while serving in Estonia.

The Deputy Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Reinhard Wiemer said that the aircraft guarding the airspace from Ämari Air Force Base is a response to new security challenges that did not exist a year ago. The Deputy Ambassador added that this mission is an example of Allied solidarity and support to our friends during challenging times.

In next four months, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian skies will be patrolled by four German Eurofighter Typhoon fighters along with Portugese and Canadian fighters based at Siauliai Air Force Base in Lithuania. The fighters now based at Ämari Air Force Base are on guard 24/7 and if necessary will conduct identification flights as well as regular training flights. This is the sixth time for Germany to participate in NATO´s Baltic Air Policing Mission.

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