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Baltic Air Policing
 
Latest update: September 2018
 
The three Baltic nations Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined NATO in March 2004. As the countries didn't en don't operate fighter aircraft the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission stood up to safeguard the integrity and security of the Baltic airspace. BAP missions are rotated between other NATO countries. The first rotation was conducted by Belgium sending its F-16s to Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania. Until April 2014 all BAP missions were conducted from Šiauliai Air Base. As a result of the changing security situation in Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Crimea) a second operating base was actived at Ämari Air Base in Estonia from May 2014. The Danish Air Force with its F-16s was the first NATO member conducting BAP missions from Ämari Air Base. For a short period also Malbork Air Base in Poland was used to support BAP and reassure the Baltic countries and Poland.

Currently Šiauliai is hosting the BAP lead nation while Ämari is host to the augmenting nation.
 
Baltic Air Policing - Ämari Air Base Estonia
 
Rotation no. Year Start End Country Aircraft Country rot. no.
             
15 2019 01-01-19   Germany EF-2000 6
14 2018 30-08-18 01-01-19 Germany EF-2000 5
13 2018 03-05-18 30-08-18 France Mirage 2000-5 1
12 2018 10-01-18 03-05-18 Italy EF-2000 1
11 2017 01-09-17 10-01-18 Belgium F-16AM 2
10 2017 01-05-17 01-09-17 Spain EF-18M 2
9 2017 05-01-17 30-04-17 Germany EF-2000 4
8 2016 01-09-16 31-12-16 Germany EF-2000 3
7 2016 01-05-16 31-08-16 United Kingdom Typhoon FGR.4 2
6 2016 07-01-16 01-05-16 Belgium F-16AM 1
5 2015 01-09-15 31-15-15 Germany EF-2000 2
4 2015 01-05-15 31-08-15 United Kingdom Typhoon FGR.4 1
3 2015 01-05-17 30-04-15 Spain EF-2000 1
2 2014 01-09-14 31-12-14 Germany EF-2000 1
1 2014 30-04-14 01-09-14 Denmark F-16AM 1
 
The RAF will deploy four Typhoon FGR.4s to Estonia mid 2019.
 
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Belgian Air Component F-16AM Danish Air Force F-16AM German Air Force EF-2000
     
French Air Force Mirage 2000-5 Italian Air Force EF-2000. Spanish Air Force EF-18M
     
 
Spanish Air Force EF-2000 Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR.4