TALLINN – The Estonian Air Force celebrated its 101st anniversary with a ceremony at the Amari air base on Monday, where commander of the Air Force Rauno Sirk congratulated personnel and handed incentives to members of the Air Force for outstanding service.
"This year, we opened one of the most state-of-the-art air operations centers in NATO, recently we started operating new M28 aircraft," Sirk said according to spokespeople for the military headquarters.
"Today, we have a well functioning airfield and airspace surveillance not only for the Air Force, but for the defense of the Estonian state and the people," he said.
During the ceremony, a Robinson R44 helicopter of the Estonian Air Force was handed over to the Estonian Aviation Museum.
Over the course of this year, also the three other Robinson R44 helicopters of the Estonian Air will be retired.
The Estonian Air Force was established on Nov. 21, 1918, just a week before the start of the War of Independence. By convention, the anniversary of the Air Force is marked on July 20, mostly for considerations of weather.
The Estonian Air Force is responsible for all air operations in Estonia. Its priority is airspace monitoring and provision of host nation support.