The patrolling missions of the four British Typhoon aircraft that have arrived a week ago at the “Mihail Kogalniceanu” Military Base in southeastern County of Constanta, kick off on Monday, the period which they are deployed for to perform the air police service being scheduled till end-August 2017.
The deputy commander of the NATO air operations in southern Europe, General Panagiotis Dimopoulos in a ceremony on Thursday night at the “Mihail Kogalniceanu” airport handed in the NATO certificate for the execution of the air police service to the British military detachment that is operating the four Typhoon airships.
The British 150-military detachment will work together with the Romanian military for four months, which is a premiere, since the Typhoon aircraft are for the first time deployed on Romania’s territory.
The four Typhoon aircraft of the Royal Air Forces (RAF) of Great Britain have touched down on 24 April at the “Mihail Kogalniceanu” Military Base, and are to perform air police missions along the Romanian MiG-21 LanceR aircraft.
The joint air police missions aim at developing the reaction and deterrence capacity, as well as the strengthening of the interoperability between the Romanian and British air forces, says a release by the National Defence Ministry (MApN).
According to MApN, the deployment of the RAF aircraft to Romania is part of the implementation of the Action Plan for the assurance of the NATO operational capacity on the Alliance’s eastern flank in both the north and the south areas, thus proving the NATO unity and determination as a response to the security environment challenges.
Photo: Eugen Mihai, www.mapn.ro