RAF Typhoons return to Romania

Typhoons return to Romania

Typhoon fighter aircraft from the Royal Air Force returned to Romania on Monday to continue their enhanced Air Policing mission begun last year.

The Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role fighters from Number II (Army Co-operation) Squadron left their base at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland on Monday to join 135 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) at Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase near Constanta in southeast Romania.

In charge of 135 EAW is Wing Commander Chris Ball who said:

“This is an important role for us that will build upon the success of last year’s mission to help to secure NATO airspace in the Black Sea region. These are interesting times but from the Black Sea to the Baltics, NATO’s resolve is steadfast to defend itself against any threat”

Wing Commander Chris Ball waiting on the arrival of Wing Commander Jim Lee
Wing Commander Chris Ball waiting on the arrival of Wing Commander Jim Lee (OC II(AC) SQN). L: Wg Cdr Lee (in the jet), R: Wg Cdr Ball.
II(AC) SQN Mechanics servicing the Typhoons after their arrival at MK Airbase.
II(AC) SQN Mechanics servicing the Typhoons after their arrival at MK Airbase.

The EAW is based at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire and consists of 150 personnel, including II (AC) Sqn, drawn from stations across the country to form a unit capable of carrying out all the necessary support activities to maintain a fast jet operational force.

The RAF will carry out its enhanced air policing role in the region from May until September. The deployment, confirmed by the Secretary of State for Defence at the end of March 2018, is part of a long-standing continuous peacetime mission undertaken by NATO allies.

 

 

The RAF is no stranger to the NATO air policing mission, it has deployed Typhoons to the Baltic States in recent years to protect NATO airspace in the region.

Once again, the RAF will be flying in partnership with Romanian MiG-21 LanceR aircraft.

 

Photographs by SAC Charlotte Hopkins RAF

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