Denmark taking over NATO’s Baltic air policing

Danish F-16 on mission over mountains in Afghanistan.

From Allied Command Operation:  The Danish air force is taking over the duty of policing the Baltic skies under the NATO air policing arrangement.

Four Danish F-16 fighter jets landed in the Lithuanian First Air Base in Zokniai, where the mission is based, on Wednesday. Their mission will last four months, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence said.

The Danish air contingent will replace the outgoing rotation of the French Air Force contingent that guarded the Baltic air space with Mirage 2000C jets since April. Before France the mission was performed by Germany with F-4F Phantoms.

Denmark will be guarding the Baltic air space for the third time following missions in 2004 and 2010.  (photo:

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