Cana­dian CF 18 Hor­net fighter jets to be­gin pa­trolling in Ice­land

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

OT­TAWA — Cana­dian CF-18 fighter jets will be­gin pa­trolling Ice­land’s airspace to­day as part of Canada’s con­tri­bu­tion to NATO.

The op­er­a­tion is in­tended to iden­tify and in­ter­cept air­craft that ap­proach NATO airspace in Ice­land.

About 180 mem­bers of the Cana­dian Forces will be in­volved in the roughly month long op­er­a­tion that in­volves six CF-18 fighter jets.

The air­craft will op­er­ate out of Ke­flavik Air Base, near Reyk­javik.

The cam­paign is part of Op­er­a­tion Re­as­sur­ance, in­tended to re­in­force the de­fence of NATO coun­tries in Cen­tral and Eastern Europe. Op­er­a­tion Re­as­sur­ance is also in­tended to ease con­cerns of NATO al­lies in the face of Rus­sian ag­gres­sion to­ward Ukraine.

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