Portuguese, Spanish, French jets take over NATO's Baltic air-policing mission
Ten NATO air-policing fighters will patrol Baltic airspace from the Šiauliai airbase in Lithuania and another four from Estonia's Amari base in the next four months, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
Portugal, which leads the 47th NATO Baltic air-policing mission, has deployed four F-16 fighters to Siauliai and Spain has augmented the mission with six Eurofighter Typhoons at the airbase in northern Lithuania. France will conduct the mission with four Mirage 2000-5 fighters at Amari.
The mission changeover ceremony took place at the Siauliai airbase on Wednesday.
The outgoing Royal Danish Air Force Detachment guarded the Baltic skies with four F-16s.
The commanders discussed the air-policing mission's prospects and possibilities for holding Allied air force exercises in Lithuania's airspace in the future, the ministry said in a press release.