Royal Canadian Air Power CF-188 fighters have taken up their NATO Air Policing duties at Mihail Kog?lniceanu Air Base and shall be securing the skies alongside the Romanian Air Power for the approaching 4 months. Throughout an official ceremony on August 4, marking the start of the CF-18 mission, Lieutenant Basic Fernando de la Cruz, Commander of NATO’s Mixed Air Operations Centre (CAOC) Torrejón, Spain, introduced the Mission Prepared Certificates to is Lieutenant Colonel Stephan Latwaitis, ATF Detachment Commander, confirming Staff Canada has been absolutely skilled and certified to perform the NATO mission. Six Royal Canadian Air Power’s CF-188 fighters and personnel from Canada’s Armed Power Air Process Power-Romania (ATF-R) deployed to Romania in early August 2022. That is the seventh time that Canada has deployed an ATF to Romania on Operation Reassurance since 2014.

“The Canadian Armed Forces are proud to take part in cooperative defence actions in assist of NATO enhanced Air Policing in Romania. Canada is a robust supporter of NATO; by deploying an Air Process Power to Romania Canada is dedicated to doing its half to satisfy NATO Air Policing and to assist NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Japanese and Central Europe with the goal of reassuring nations within the area of NATO’s intent to assist their stability and safety,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Stephan Latwaitis, ATF Detachment Commander.


The Commander of NATO’s Mixed Air Operations Centre Torrejón (proper) fingers over the mission-ready certificates to Lieutenant Colonel Stephan Latwaitis, ATF Detachment Commander.(Picture by Eric Chaput/HQ Allied Air Command)

“Thanks to each nations, Canada and Romania, for enabling this exercise that exhibits yet one more time that NATO is a robust Alliance the place no member nation ever stands aloneThe Canadian detachment from North America is able to take duties, along with the Romanian Air Power, for the Air Policing mission over this a part of south japanese Europe. This can be a clear instance of the spirit of cooperation and solidarity we share within the Alliance. At present we face a brand new risk after Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine. NATO reacted promptly, taking fast, decisive actions and offering a typical voice to defend our nations; thereby, exhibiting the unity of the Alliance. Since then, we’ve got elevated the extent of Vigilance Actions over the NATO skies on this a part of Europe,” stated Basic de la Cruz.

The Royal Canadian Air Power pilots from the 425th Squadron, will fly fast response alert and coaching missions alongside Romanian fighter pilots. All missions are absolutely built-in into the Romanian defence system and NATO’s built-in air and missile defence system. Missions are managed by the Management and Reporting Centre in Moara Vl?siei, tactically commanded by the CAOC in Spain and overseen by NATO´s Allied Air Command in Germany. One factor of this response has been the Air Shielding missions Allied Air Command, each CAOCs and the Allies have performed alongside the japanese flank. The Canadian fighter plane shall be built-in on this effort flying along with plane from the Romanian fighter squadrons and the F-16s from the USA at present stationed at Fetesti Air Base right here in Romania. Within the nation, the Air Shielding posture consists of the French Floor-Primarily based Air Defence System deployed, to contribute to the defence of Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base.

Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Fighters to Secure NATO Airspace in Black Sea Region
Combined formation of Romanian and Canadian fighter jets overflying the NATO enhanced Air Policing ceremony at Mihail Kog?lniceanu Air Base, Romania. (Picture by Eric Chaput/HQ Allied Air Command)