US Takes Over Baltic Air Policing Mission on Russia’s Borders

The U.S. will take over the Baltic air policing mission next month in an effort to guard airspace over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, U.S. European Command said Wednesday.

Air Force F-15C Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, will lead the next NATO Baltic Air Policing rotation at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, EUCOM said.

The F-15s, acting as a quick reactionary force, will surveil the air until the end of the year.

The US last was part of the Baltic Air Policing mission in 2014, the same time Russia annexed Crimea. 

The Air Force’s obligations to the Baltic countries — which lack capable air forces — came under scrutiny last year after…

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