Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base (Romania), May 2, 2018, Text: Bm News Team, Photo: RAF
UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, deployed in Romania, will be used in NATO Enhanced Air Policing missions over the Black Sea, reported the RAF on 1st May 2018.
The formal accreditation for that purpose was given by leading NATO officials during a ceremony at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near Constanta in southeast Romania.
The ceremony was presided by the Commander of NATO Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) Torrejon in Spain, Lieutenant General Ruben C. Garcia Servert, of the Spanish Airforce and the air policing missions will be controlled by him.
Lieutenant General Ruben C. Garcia Servert said at the ceremony, “Such deployments showcase the ability of the Alliance to interoperate, share and pool capabilities, and to adapt and scale our defensive deterrence posture. The opportunity for the Romanian Air Force, Royal Air Force and NATO Command and Control structures to test and validate procedures, systems and tactics means that NATO can continue to draw on well-coordinated and integrated Allied Air Forces to provide a single airspace security standard across NATO’s area of responsibility.”
“Such air policing missions ensure we would be able to rapidly and efficiently tackle any potential aggression or threat against the Alliance or its members. Furthermore, this year’s mission at Mihail Kogalniceanu has a special meaning, since it marks 100 years since the establishment of the Royal Air Force,” further stated the UK Ambassador to Romania, Mr Paul Brummel.
The Commanding Officer of 135 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW), deployed to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Wing Commander Chris Ball, said “Today is a significant part of this important mission for 135 EAW. Throughout my career, I have worked in numerous NATO roles with several nationalities. At a time when the British withdrawal from the EU is grabbing the headlines, it is important that our NATO allies are assured that the UK’s commitment to the alliance remains as steadfast as ever.”