NATO Allies "scramble" to secure skies over Black Sea

On August 11th identified tracks revealed a number of flights from Crimea in the western part of the Black Sea heading towards NATO territory. In response the Combined Air Operations Centre at Torrejón Spain has alerted and launched Allied fighter aircraft from Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria to respond to the tracks which were identified as a Russian military aircraft.

Besides visual identification NATO fighter aircraft established Combat Air Patrol patterns; these holding patterns allowing them to loiter and respond quickly if needed.

These routine measures were conducted in a coordinated and professional manner, safeguarding the airspace of NATO Allies in the South East. They underline the capabilities and interoperability of Allies and NATO’s ability to conduct concerted defensive measures.

These routine Air Policing events brought together Allied surveillance and control systems, Air Command and Control units and fighter aircraft demonstrating the Alliance is vigilant and responsive 24/7, ready to conduct coherent deterrence and defence across all European Allies.

Story by Public Affairs Office at AIRCOM

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