Portugal takes over NATO’s air space patrol mission in Baltic States
On Wednesday, 2 May, NATO’s air space patrol mission in Baltic States was taken over by Portugal, as confirmed by Lithuania’s Defence Ministry.
Portugese air forces will patrol Latvia’s, Lithuania’s and Estonia’s air space using four F-16 fighter jets stationed at Siauliai aerodrome. Spain will provide support in this mission with six of its Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, also stationed at Siauliai aerodrome. France will also provide assistance with four of its Mirage fighter jets stationed at Emari aerodrome in Estonia.
Denmark was previously in charge of this mission.
NATO commenced the mission to patrol Baltic air space in 2004 – after Baltic States officially joined the alliance.