The Royal Netherlands Air Drive is making ready a deployment of their F-35 fighter jets in help of NATO’s enhanced Air Policing mission within the northeast. Eight F-35s are going to deploy to Malbork, Poland, to affix NATO’s mission bolstering the defensive posture alongside the jap flank in February and March 2023. Whereas 4 of the fifth-generation fighters will likely be employed in help of policing the skies within the area, the opposite 4 plane will conduct coaching and train drills with Allies, prepared to reinforce the defensive mission when required.

With these eight fashionable fighter plane, the Netherlands contribute to NATO’s Air Policing and Air Shielding missions in deterring and if required defending Allied territory within the Baltic area. We’re additionally assuring our Allies and demonstrating our dedication to the NATO Alliance,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Guido Schols, Commander of the Netherlands F-35 detachment.


The Royal Netherlands Air Drive is making ready to deploy eight of its F-35 fashionable fighter plane to Malbork, Poland, in help of NATO’s enhanced Air Policing and the deterrence and defence posture alongside the jap flank. Archive image by Royal Netherlands Air Drive exhibits a Netherlands F-35 throughout train Frisian Flag at Leeuwarden in October 2022.(Picture by HQ Allied Air Command)

The Netherlands frequently contribute to Allied Air Policing missions. At residence, they’ve shared the duty of safeguarding the skies above the BENELUX space along with Belgian Air Drive F-16s since 2017. Overseas, they deployed their F-16s to Siauliai in help of Baltic Air Policing in 2005 and 2017 and to Malbork in 2014 proper after Russia’s invasion of Crimea. On the southeastern flank, the Netherlands accomplished a two-month F-35 deployment to Bulgaria in Could.

Whereas deployed to Marlbork, the Netherlands kind half of the present rotation of three different Allies who function fighters out of the Baltic area: Poland and France fly F-16 and Rafale fighters out of Siauliai, Lithuania, and Germany launches their Eurofighters out of Ämari, Estonia. NATO Air Policing is a peacetime mission that goals to protect the safety of Alliance airspace. It’s a collective activity and entails the continual presence – 24 hours a day, three hundred and sixty five days a yr – of fighter plane and crews, that are able to react shortly to potential airspace violations.