Voyager tankers are providing fuel to jets from the UK and other NATO members currently on patrol over Eastern Europe as part of Britain’s effort to help secure the ‘Eastern Flank’ of NATO.
Two Royal Air Force Voyagers are in the air in the region at the time of writing.
British Voyager tankers are providing fuel to jets (from the UK and other NATO members) currently on patrol over Eastern Europe as part of Britain's effort to help secure the 'Eastern Flank' of NATO. pic.twitter.com/UgtKqaI83u
— George Allison (@geoallison) May 31, 2022
This has been ongoing for a number of weeks now but it’s important to highlight why.
Since the beginning of Russia’s attack on Ukraine NATO has taken measures to shield its member States along the eastern flank from potential aggression. In the air, NATO’s Allied Air Command commands and employs military aircraft from the nations and NATO to execute enhanced Vigilance Activities.
NATO has substantially increased the number of fighter jets on alert across Eastern Europe in response to Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine.
The RAF say that Voyagers have been flying over Poland and East Europe refuelling Typhoons out RAF Coningsby and Lossiemouth as the RAF, Ministry of Defence, NATO and NATO Air Com continue with their uplift of aircraft in the Baltic States.
“The uplift is a means to strengthen the Alliance’s borders as a direct result of the aggression exhibited by Russia as they invade Ukraine.”
Allied Air Command Chief of Staff, Major General Jörg Lebert, was earlier quoted as saying:
“NATO air forces have bolstered their presence in the eastern part of the Alliance helping to shield NATO against any aggression. Several dozen fighter jets are on alert at any time to respond to possible airspace violations and to deter aggression.
Allied Air Command integrates the Allied air forces’ fighters, air-to-air refuelling and transport aircraft as well as Allied and NATO airborne warning and control (AWACS) platforms into the standing arrangements to safeguard the skies above the Allies. These assets enable NATO to patrol the Allied airspace and have 24/7 situational awareness above NATO and adjacent territory.”
Here’s a map from NATO showing what’s going on where.
Allied fighters take off from their home bases, forward deployment bases or carriers flying Air Patrol missions along the Alliance’s eastern flank, according to NATO.