Latvia will host NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission at Lielvarde Air Base from March to November 2024 due to ongoing runway renovations at Ämari Air Base in Estonia. This is necessary for essential maintenance work, impacting Ämari’s operational capabilities. Lielvarde Air Base will host 24/7 Air Policing operations, meeting all NATO standards. German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighters will be deployed to Lielvarde, conducting alert and training scrambles to safeguard the Baltic Sea airspace. Ämari Air Base will see the deployment of Germany’s Deployable Control and Reporting Centre, augmenting NATO’s surveillance and control capability in the Baltic Sea region. The Baltic Air Policing mission began in 2004 to protect Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian airspaces.
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“LIMITED TIME OFFER: NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission is relocating to Latvia’s Lielvarde Air Base in 2024! That’s right, from March 1st to the end of November, Lielvarde will be your prime destination for 24/7 Air Policing operations.
It’s no surprise that the Ämari Air Base needs a little maintenance to keep everything running smoothly. And while the work is ongoing, Lielvarde is stepping up to the plate. Even though it hasn’t hosted NATO air patrol missions before, rest assured, it meets all NATO standards.
What’s really exciting is that, for the first time ever, German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighters will be making an appearance at Lielvarde. They’ll be conducting alert and training scrambles to protect the Baltic Sea airspace – with some help from fighters at Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania.
But wait, there’s more! Ämari Air Base won’t be left out of the action. In fact, Germany’s Deployable Control and Reporting Centre will be deployed there to enhance NATO’s surveillance and control capability in the Baltic Sea region. With German Air Traffic Controllers integrated into control and reporting centers in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, you can be sure the skies will be safer than ever.
And if you’re still not convinced, here’s a fun fact for you: the Baltic Air Policing mission began in 2004 when the Baltic States joined NATO. That’s right, for over 15 years, NATO air forces have been making sure the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian airspaces are secure.
So mark your calendars and get ready because NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission is coming to Latvia’s Lielvarde Air Base in 2024. You won’t want to miss this limited-time opportunity!”
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