Denmark and Italy help secure Baltic Airspace
Danish F-16 jets will fly from Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania, while Italy’s Eurofighters will operate in a supporting role from Ämari in Estonia. Allies have been taking turns to police Baltic airspace since 2004, when Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined NATO.
Denmark took over Air Policing from the United States. It is the sixth time Demark has taken part in the NATO mission.
An event will be held to mark the handover from Belgium to Italy, it is the third time Italian aircraft have patrolled Baltic airspace.
The Danish and Italian jets will be deployed for the next four months. Seventeen Allies have participated in Baltic Air Policing mission since 2004, an expression of the solidarity among NATO members. ■