Allied Air Command | Royal Air Drive Eurofighters arrive in Romania for NATO air policing mission

RAMSTEIN, Germany  – Six Royal Air Drive (RAF) Eurofighter Storm plane landed at Romania’s Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base on March 25, 2024 in assist of NATO’s enhanced Air Policing (eAP) mission. 

The missions contribute to the event of the response and deterrence capability and is a robust signal of the Alliance’s cohesion

For the subsequent 4 months the RAF fighter jets from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, and roughly 200 personnel, will perform enhanced air policing missions beneath NATO command alongside the Romanian Air Drive.

A Royal Air Drive Storm touches down at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, the place the UK commences its fifth rotation in assist of NATO's enhanced Air Policing safeguarding skies alongside the Black Beach alongside jets from Romania. The missions contribute to the event of the response and deterrence capability and is a robust signal of the Alliance’s cohesion.
Floor crew receiving a Royal Air Drive Storm at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base,  Romania. NATO's enhanced Air Policing within the south was launched in 2014 to reassure Allied popultions alongside the jap flank after Russia's illegal annexation of Ukraine. Picture courtesy Romanian Air Drive.

“This would be the RAF’s fifth eAP rotation in Romania, having accomplished the primary iteration in 2014” mentioned Wing Commander Karl Hen, Commanding Officer of 140 Expeditionary Air Wing. “The missions contribute to the event of the response and deterrence capability and is a robust signal of the Alliance’s cohesion. Making certain NATO is able to safe the skies 24/7,” he added.

The deployment of the multi-role fight plane to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Drive Base will help with the Fast Response Alert (QRA) missions till August 2024, to reply to present safety challenges.

Enhanced Air Policing deployments are deliberate upfront and rotate between NATO Allied Air Forces, they guarantee collective deterrence and defence defending and securing the integrity of NATO’s airspace.

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