Between early May and the middle of August, four Italian Air Force Eurofighters were deployed to Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base to fly alongside Romanian Air Force MiG-21 LanceRs policing the skies adjacent to the Black Sea.

Black Sea team — Italian Eurofighters flanked by Romanian MiG-21s on a mission from Mihail Kogălniceanu.

SINCE ROMANIA JOINED NATO in 2004, its airspace has been guarded by the somewhat long-in-thetooth MiG-21 LanceRs of the Romanian Air Force (Forțele Aeriene Romane – FAR) as part of NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS). In a bid to beef-up Romanian air cover and to encourage interoperability training between partner nations, enhanced air policing has seen other NATO countries deploying here since 2014.

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