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Finnish jets land in Romania to take part in NATO air shielding mission

Seven Finnish Air Force F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets have landed at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near Constanta in southeastern Romania for the first time since they joined NATO last year.

It’s their first deployment under NATO’s Air Shielding mission and will see them conducting training and sorties along the eastern flank on the Black Sea coast.

„Our objective here in Romania is to enhance our integration into NATO Air Power by honing and deepening our cooperation with the Royal Air Force and the Romanian Air Force,” said the leader of the Finnish mission.

“For two months the Finnish jets are joining a Royal Air Force Typhoon detachment and will be doing quick-reaction alert duty and flying alongside them and Romanian F-16s collectively securing NATO airspace and assuring the Romanian population,” said Lieutenant Colonel Rami Lindström, the first commander of the Finnish detachment a Mihail Kogalniceanu.

“Our objective here in Romania is to enhance our integration into NATO Air Power by honing and deepening our cooperation with the Royal Air Force and the Romanian Air Force”, he added underscoring the deployment as a milestone towards further developing “our capability to operate from another Allied air base.”

Finland became a member of NATO in April 2023, after abandoning its historically neutral stance in the wake of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. It has a 1,340-kilometer  border with Russia, which upon accession more than doubled NATO’s pre-existing border with Russia. Its neighbor, Sweden, joined the military alliance this March, also giving up a policy of neutrality in military affairs.
NATO provides peacetime deterrence and defense tasks through the Air Policing and Air Shielding missions. Member states’ air forces surveil and protect the integrity of Allied airspace through the standing Air Policing mission.
The Air Shielding mission, on the other hand, consists of an increased presence of fighter jets and ground-based air defense units in NATO’s eastern member states including Romania.
The tasks of the fighter detachments participating in the Air Shielding mission include quick-reaction alert duty, patrol flights under the command of NATO’s integrated air and missile defense, as well as exercise activities and maintaining the collective deterrence of the Alliance.

Consisting of seven F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets and less than 100 airmen the detachment’s first goal will be achieving full operational readiness. Together with the RAF Typhoons they participate in NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) exercise Ramstein Legacy in June which provides further opportunities for boosting interoperability in Allied Air Command’s major IAMD exercise.

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