RIGA - Marking the 102nd anniversary since Latvia declared its independence, jets of the Latvian National Armed Forces, the allis and State Border Guard will fly over Riga and other Latvian cities, LETA learned from the Defense Ministry.
"This year we are not organizing any festive events, but want to make people happy. Since Latvia joined NATO, the airspace in the Baltic states is patrolled by the allied jets and they will be present also on November 18," said Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development).
Provided weather conditions are favorable, at noon, two Air Force helicopters Mi-17 and two jets An-2, as well as two Border Guard helicopters Agusta 109E Power and two helicopters Agusta Bell 119 will fly over the River Daugava in Riga. The flight will be accompanied by two German and two Italian Air Force Eurofighters from the Baltic air policing mission and a US Air Force KC-135 refueling aircraft.
A Turkish Air Force F-16 will perform a demonstration flight along the coast near Jurmala.
Later, the German Eurofighters will fly over Cesis and Valmiera, while the two Italian Eurofighters will fly over Daugavpils. The US KC-135 will fly over Jelgava, Liepaja and Ventspils.
As reported, the traditional military parade of the Latvian National Armed Forces and the allies will not be held this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as a number of other events usually held by the Defense Ministry, the National Armed Forces and the Border Guard across Latvia.