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Spanish Air Force detachment fighter aircraft landed at Šiauliai Airbase to lead the NATO Air Policing Mission

Spanish Air Force detachment fighter aircraft landed at Šiauliai Airbase to lead the NATO Air...

In the afternoon of April 27 six F-18 Hornet fighter aircraft of the Spanish Air Force touched down at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai. The Spanish Air Force Detachment will lead the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states augmented by four Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft of the British Royal Air Force on May through August.


Spain deploys its fifth rotation of the mission and the United Kingdom will guard the Baltic airspace for the sixth time. The NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission was introduced in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia when the three countries became members of the Alliance in 2004.

On April 30 the present and the incoming air force detachments will change over at a ceremony at Šiauliai Airbase. The Belgian Royal Air Force Detachment will hand over to the incoming Spanish and British colleagues after safeguarding the Baltic airspace for 8 months, i.e., two consecutive rotations.


The hand over- take over ceremony at Šiauliai Airbase will be organised taking into account the global epidemiological situation, taking precautions to minimise the risk of the COVID-19. The event will be brought back to basics and conducted according to all health protection requirements.


There will be no media opportunity at the hand over-take over ceremony.

Information credits: Strategic Communication Department, Lithuanian Armed Forces


POC - 1st Lt Arnas Glazauskas, +370 609 88602, arnas.glazauskas@mil.lt


Photo credits: Lithuanian Air Force