Four Typhoons from XI(F) Squadron have arrived at Ämari Airbase in Estonia to begin their four-month NATO mission to protect NATO Baltic airspace.
The British jets will be at readiness to scramble if required to protect NATO airspace say the RAF, replacing the German Typhoons who have been carrying out the duty for the last few months.
Commanding Officer of 121 Expeditionary Air Wing, Wing Commander Dave Boreham, said:
“As part of its assurance measures NATO has committed to protect Estonian airspace and the UK as a fully committed NATO partner regularly undertakes a turn of this duty.”
Sqn Ldr Norris added in a news release:
“Aircraft can be launched in a very short space of time; the role we are carrying out is identical to that performed by Typhoons back in the UK from their Coningsby or Lossiemouth bases.”
Flying in support of NATO Air Policing missions is a regular duty for RAF Typhoon sqns who last operated from Estonia in 2016.