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Canadian Armed Forces coming to Europe, will patrol skies over Romania

Staff Writer |
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is sending about 135 CAF personnel, and four Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornets, to Constanta, Romania, to participate in NATO enhanced Air Policing from September to December 2017.

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“The Canadian Armed Forces is committed to the principle of collective defence of the Alliance, which is at the very heart of NATO’s founding treaty,” said Lieutenant-General Steve Bowes, Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command.

“Our military personnel are well-trained and committed to contribute to NATO enhanced Air Policing that ensures the integrity of Allies’ airspace.

“They are proud to work on behalf of Canadians, projecting the best of what Canada has to offer.”

This mission is part of Operation Reassurance, Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance and deterrence measures. Air Task Force Romania will augment the Romanian Air Force’s capability to preserve the integrity of its airspace.

"An Air Task Force is an agile and flexible organization that is always ready to employ air power and provide support wherever and whenever Canada requires,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Hickey, Commander, Air Task Force Romania.

“Our Air Task Force in Romania is proud to participate in the cooperative defence activities that support NATO’s enhanced Air Policing.”

NATO Air Policing has been part of Alliance assurance and deterrence measures since 2014. These measures demonstrate the collective resolve of Allies to protect NATO territory and populations.

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