Germany and UK hand over NATO Air Policing mission
Germany and the Royal Air Force transferred responsibility for enhanced Air Policing at Ämari, Estonia, in a formal ceremony.
Both nations will continue to secure the Baltic airspace through a collaborative effort under NATO command.
The handover-takeover ceremony was attended by representatives from NATO, Estonia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
The event marked the conclusion of Germany’s deployment and the commencement of the UK’s mission. The two detachments will overlap for eight weeks, working together to conduct Air Policing duties.
This collaboration, say NATO, enables mixed quick reaction alert scrambles to take off from Ämari, showcasing the units’ close tactical integration. On multiple occasions, Luftwaffe Eurofighters and Royal Air Force Typhoons have launched side-by-side in alert scrambles to intercept Russian military aircraft near NATO airspace.
Since 2014, Germany has deployed fighter jets to Estonia ten times, while the United Kingdom has sent Typhoons on four occasions: in 2015, 2016, and 2019. These deployments, along with those from other NATO allies, demonstrate the alliance’s ongoing cohesion, solidarity, and commitment to collective deterrence and defence.