Belgium, Denmark start NATO air police mission in Lithuania

  • 2019-09-03
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Belgian and Danish troops are set to take over the NATO Baltic air policing mission in Lithuania's northern city of Siauliai on Tuesday.

The two countries' contingents will replace Hungarian and Spanish troops for a rotation of around four months. The Belgian and Danish troops will deploy four F-16 fighter jets, and the official changeover ceremony will take place in Siauliai on Tuesday.

The outgoing Hungarian and Spanish troops were deployed with JAS-39 Gripen and F-18 jets.

Meanwhile in Estonia, Czech troops with fighter jets will replace a JK contingent.

The NATO Baltic air policing mission has been carried out in the Baltic states since Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia joined the Alliance.