Belgians enduring dedication to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission is demonstrated by the deployment of the F-16 fighter plane to take over the mission from Italy. The hand over take over ceremony was performed on December, 1 2021 with the earlier and incoming detachments. For the fourth time this yr, the duty of augmenting NATO’s BAP mission was handed over at Ämari Air Base, Estonia. In a ceremony attended by senior civilian and army company the Italian Air Power handed the BAP mission to the Belgian Air Power. The Belgian Air Power took lead at Ämari Air Base. The staff has been a six-time lead nation since then they usually have augmented Baltic Air Policing at Ämari twice. With their 4 F-16s at Ämari Air Base, Belgium will once more help the Baltic Air Policing Mission. Each the tenth and 2nd Tactical Wings of the Belgian Air Power will likely be overlaying this era of help with a staff of 60 individuals.

The out going Italian and incoming Belgian detachments stand in formation throughout their hand over take over ceremony. Picture courtesy of Estonian Air Power.

“It goes with out saying that your mission is important for the management and defence of Estonia’s air area, but in addition to NATO’s air area integrity. We stay in troublesome occasions. There’s an ongoing harmful political gamble at NATO’s borders, not removed from right here. It’s clear that this can be a hybrid assault the place human beings are weaponized towards our Allies and neighbours, “stated Estonian Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kusti Salm.


“I’m very proud and touched to be right here in Ämari at this time. I keep in mind fondly 2004 once I was NATO’s first Baltic Air Policing Detachment Commander at Šiauliai Air Base in neighbouring Lithuania. I’m impressed to see how Air Policing within the three Baltic States has advanced and I applaud the fixed enlargement of NATO’s capabilities,” stated Main Common Harold van Pee, Commander of the Mixed Air Operations Centre Uedem.

 Italian Air Force Passes Baltic Air Policing Responsibility at Ämari to Belgian Air Force
Col Fabio De Luca receives a present from the Estonian armed forces for his service in Air Policing. Picture courtesy of Estonian Air Power

The Baltic air-policing mission is a NATO air defence Fast Response Alert (QRA) with a purpose to guard the airspace over the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Because the Seventies, NATO has established a complete system of air surveillance and airspace administration means, in addition to Fast Response Alert (QRA) belongings for intercepts (QRA(I)) offered by its member nations. By way of radar websites, distant knowledge transmission, Management and Reporting Centres (CRCs) and Mixed Air Operations Centres (CAOCs) the Alliance ensures fixed surveillance and management of its assigned airspace 24 hours a day and three hundred and sixty five days a yr. NATO exploits these services to react inside seconds to air site visitors incidents within the Allies’ airspace.

Two Italian Air Force F-35 outside their shelter at Ämari Air Base; for the first time fifth generation fighter aircraft patrolled the skies above the Baltic Allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for NATO.
Two Italian Air Power F-35 exterior their shelter at Ämari Air Base; for the primary time fifth technology fighter plane patrolled the skies above the Baltic Allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for NATO. Picture courtesy of Italian Air Power