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Britain dispatching 4 fighter jets to patrol airspace over Baltic states

April 28, 2014, 12:33 UTC+3 LONDON
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Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission
Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission
Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission
© EPA/PHIL MAJOR / BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE / HANDOUT
Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission
Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission
Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission
© EPA/PHIL MAJOR / BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE / HANDOUT
Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission
Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission
Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission
© AP Photo/Alastair Grant
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Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission
© EPA/PHIL MAJOR / BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE / HANDOUT
Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission
© EPA/PHIL MAJOR / BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE / HANDOUT
Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission
© AP Photo/Alastair Grant

LONDON, April 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Britain is dispatching four Typhoon fighter jets to patrol the airspace of Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, British media said Monday.

They will perform their patrolling mission alongside with six fighter jets of the Polish Air Force and will serve as a replacement for six F15 jets of the US Air Force.

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said the Typhoons would support Poland’s contribution to the operation destined to calm down the apprehensions of easternmost member-states of the North-Atlantic pact.

In February 2012, NATO Council extended the patrolling of the airspace over former Soviet Baltic republics by combat aircraft of the North-Atlantic pact through to 2018. Air Forces of different NATO nations take part in the operation on the basis of rotation.

The effort also involves more than 50 members of ground personnel.

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