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Bulgaria and Romania Air Policing
Latest update: January 2021
From 2014 the Air Policing missions was also established in the eastern European NATO countries Bulgaria and Romania. The Royal Canadian Air Force was the first to start the AP rotation with its CF-188 Hornets taking up residence in Romania from May 2014.

The Bulgarian Air Base Graf Ignatievo is also host to the USAF ANG F-15 Expeditionary Fighter Squadrons deploying to Europe under the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) / Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR). In 2015, 2016 and 2017 these EFS composed of two ANG F-15 squadrons started their deployment at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands taking part in exercise Frisian Flag. The normal ERI / OAR deployment last six months (March - September) with so-called mini deployments made to other NATO countries in eastern Europe.
The first ERI / OAR was conducted by the 354 EFS (354th FS based at Davis-Monthan, Arizona) arriving at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany in February 2015.
Bulgaria: Graf Ignatievo
Rotation no. Year Start End Country Aircraft Country rot. no.
2 2017 July October Italy EF-2000 1
1 2016 September September United States F-15C 1
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Italian Air Force EF-2000 USAF - ANG F-15C
Romania: Campia Turzii, Mihail Kogalniceanu, and Constanta
Rotation no. Year Start End Country Aircraft Country rot. no.
9 (MK) 2020 01-09-20 02-01-21 Canada CF-188 5
8 (MK) 2019 02-09-19 31-12-19 Canada CF-188 4
7 (MK) 2019 May 08-08-19 Italy EF-2000 1
6 (MK) 2018 September December Canada CF-188 3
5 (MK) 2018 25-04-18 August United Kingdom Typhoon FGR.4 2
4 (CS) 2017 September 31-12-17 Canada CF-188 2
3 (MK) 2017 29-03-17 28-08-17 United Kingdom Typhoon FGR.4 1
2 (CT) 2015 19-05-15 June Portugal F-16AM 1
1 (CT) 2014 May July Canada CF-188 1
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Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Italian Air Force EF-2000 Portuguese Air Force F-16AM
Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR.4