The NATO South Europe air operations deputy commander, general Panagiotis Dimopoulos handed in during a ceremony on Thursday night on the “Mihail Kogalniceanu” SE Airport in Constanta County, the NATO certificate for the air police operation to be unfolded by the British military operating the four Typhoon aircraft that have landed at the beginning of the week, their patrol missions being to kick off next week.
The British 150-military detachment will work together with the Romanian military for four months, the air police missions of the Typhoon aircraft that are for the first time on Romania’s territory being to start as of 1 May.
On behalf of the UK’s ambassador to Romania, I wish I stressed the importance of this event for the United Kingdom, for our bilateral relationship and for our commitment within NATO, said on this occasion the UK Embassy’s military attache to Romania, Neville McNally.
The four Typhoon aircraft of the UK Royal Air Force have touched down on Monday at the “Mihail Kogalniceanu” Military Base. By the beginning of September, these airships will perform air police missions along the MiG-21 LanceR Romanian aircraft.
“We must be prepared to show that this is not a place to pass through,” commander Daniel Moise, deputy to the 86 Operational Group commander told the media at the end of the event.
The air police joint missions aim to develop the reaction and deterrent capacity, as well as the strengthening of the interoperability between the Romanian and the British air forces, according to the National Defence Ministry (MApN).
According to MApN, the deployment of the RAF aircraft in Romania is part of the implementation of the Action Plan for the insurance of the NATO operational capacity on the Alliance’s Eastern flank in both North and South areas, by showing the NATO unity and determination to the security environment challenges.
Photo: Eugen Mihai, www.mapn.ro