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Baltic Air Policing: Poland
Latest update: April 2022
Łask and Malbork Air Base
Rotation no. Year Start End Country Aircraft Country rot. no.
8 (A) (Łask) 2022 10-02-22   United States F-15C 2
7 (A) (Łask) 2022 04-01-22 14-01-22 United States F-16C 1
6 (Malbork) 2021 06-07-21 Mid Sept. Turkey F-16C 1
5 (Malbork) 2019 01-03-19 02-05-19 Portugal F-16AM 1
4 (Malbork) 2015 01-05-15 31-08-15 Belgium F-16AM 2
3 (Malbork) 2015 01-01-15 30-04-15 Belgium F-16AM 1
2 (Malbork) 2014 01-09-14 31-12-14 Netherlands F-16AM 1
1 (Malbork) 2014 30-04-14 01-09-14 France Mirage 2000C 1

(A): Augmenting.

The Polish Air Force 22nd Air Base (22 BLT) is located at Malbork Air Base in the northeast of Poland. Based here is 41. elt (eskadra lotnictwa taktycznego - tactical aviation squadron) equipped with the Mikoyan Mig-29G/GT.

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. From September 1, 2014 until August 21, 2015 augmenting nations also operated out of Lithuania, these rotations are marked (A).

Łask air base is used by USAFE&AFA to host aviation rotations of European or stateside based fighter wings. In 2022 the 480th FS deployed to the base in support of the first Air Policing Mission stationed at Łask.
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Belgian Air Component F-16AM  French Air Force Mirage 2000C   Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM
Portuguese Air Force F-16AM Turkish Air Force F-16C United States F-15C
United States F-16C