RCAF Hornets leaving Cold Lake during an earlier exercise (Image © Master-Seaman Steeve Picard / RCAF)

Creating the Hornet’s Nest in Romania

RCAF Hornets leaving Cold Lake during an earlier exercise (Image © Master-Seaman Steeve Picard / RCAF)
RCAF Hornets leaving Cold Lake during an earlier exercise (Image © Master-Seaman Steeve Picard / RCAF)

Meet the “stingers” of the new Hornet’s nest of Romania: six Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 fighter aircraft that left 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec, at 09:00 local time on 29 April 2014 for NATO’s Eastern flank.

The six fighter jets from 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron were accompanied by a CC-150 Polaris tanker/transport aircraft for the ride to Romania. The CF-18s will beef up NATO’s and Romania’s air defence as part of NATO’s reaction to Russian pressure on Ukraine and tough Russian talk that has upset NATO countries in Europe. In other words: the Canadian Hornets – and the 228 men and women strong contingent that is the semi-self-dependent Air Task Group which also includes 2 Air Expeditionary Wing – are there to provide security and reassurance.

Meanwhile the French and US Air Force have strengthened Poland. Polish MiGs, RAF Typhoons and Danish F-16s patrol the Baltic states.

Source: RCAF with additional reporting by AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger

Footage of the RCAF “Romanian” detachments departure published by SUN News