RAF augments NATO peacetime mission in Lithuania

Royal Air Force (RAF) has announced it will augment NATO´s peacetime mission with a 150-strong Typhoon detachment conducting another deployment of Operation AZOTIZE to police Baltic air space in Lithuania, the company said.

Formed around number 6 Squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland, the Typhoon detachment is augmented by specialist personnel from across the RAF to ensure that the detachment is able to operate and meet its operational taskings.

The RAF has previously deployed to the Baltic region during 2014, 2016, 2016 and 2019 as the second Air Policing detachment under enhanced Air Policing. Additionally, the RAF has conducted NATO AP missions in the skies of Romania and Iceland, demonstrating Allied cooperation, interoperability and cohesion.

NATO´s Air Policing is a peacetime collective mission safeguarding the integrity of the Allies´ airspace. All Allies contribute to this collective mission bringing a system of radar sites and air surveillance and control units as well as fighter aircraft together under the coordination of Allied Air Command.

Via its two Combined Air Operation Centres at Uedem, Germany, and Torrejon, Spain, the Allies have successfully cooperated and ensure one single standard of Air Policing across NATO airspace in Europe.