RAF Coningsby Typhoon deploy to Estonia

Today, Typhoons from RAF Coningsby flew to Estonia in support of NATO operations. 

The four aircraft flew to Amari Air Base to take part in the Baltic Air Policing mission, a four-month detachment that sees RAF aircraft patrol the eastern flank of the NATO alliance. 

Typhoon pilots from XI Squadron walking to their aircraft.
Typhoon pilots from XI Squadron walking to their aircraft.
Image by SAC McFalls

The Baltic Air Policing operations began in 2014 after the Russian annexation of Crimea, This is the third time that RAF Typhoons have deployed to Estonia, the last occasion was in 2016. 

Typhoon taxiing.
RAF Coningsby Typhoon taxiing.
Image by SAC McFalls

Station Commander Coningsby, Group Captain Mark Flewin said,

“Our aircraft have deployed to Estonia today as part of our on-going commitment to support NATO. We are there primarily to re-assure our allies but to also be prepared to secure the airspace of our NATO partners, in the same way as we guard our airspace at home.”

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