Since 2004, NATO ’s Baltic Air Policing has operated a roundthe- clock peacetime mission to preserve the alliance’s airspace German contingents making up its 42nd rotation. integrity. Thomas Newdick checked in with the French and German contingents making up its 42nd rotation.


Armed for action, a Mirage 2000-5F launches from Šiauliai airfield.
Bartek Bera

THE ARMÉE de l’Air (French Air Force) took on the responsibility for the air defence of the three Baltic states for the fifth time on September 1. This latest French deployment began with the touchdown of four Mirage 2000-5F fighters at Šiauliai airfield on the evening of August 28.

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