Italian Warplanes In Training For NATO Baltic Patrol

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Lithuania Tribune
January 30, 2014

Italian Air Force is getting ready for the first rotation in NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission

On 27 January 2014 two members of the Italian Air Force flew in at the Air Base in Šiauliai with two Eurofighter Typhoon fighter-jets and a Boeing KC-767A refuelling tanker, the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania, has informed.

Till Thursday the Italian airmen will be training in the Baltic airspace in advance of NATO’s Air Policing mission in the Baltic States which Italy is to take over for the first time in January 2015.

Italian troops with four Eurofighter Typhoon fighter-jets whose tour of duty at the Šiauliai Ari Base will run for four months starting with January 2015 have arrived to familiarise with climatic conditions in Lithuania and the NATO mission.

The latter was represented to the Italian military by Colonel Lieutenant Vidmantas Raklevičius, commander of the…

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