The six Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets that have been deployed to protect NATO southeastern flank in Romania in April this year will relocate to the Baltic republics, according to a RCAF press statement.
The “Stingers” will be part of Baltic Air Policing mission from September into December 2014, the 36th rotation for this NATO operation to protect its most northeastern flank. The RCAF CF-18s will therefore be based at Šiauliai Airbase in Lithuania. The fighter crews are concluded training with Romanian Air Force (Statul Major al Fortelor Aeriene) 711 Escadrila MiG-21 Lancer-C and Lancer-Bs at Baza 71 Aeriana Câmpia Turzii in August, as part of Operation Reassurance – the name for the Canadian support to Central and Eastern Europe, where they have been since the end of April.
Interesting thing is that Canadian Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson connects the deployment to the Baltics clearly with helping Ukraine. “Our Government is steadfast in our support for Ukraine and will not stand idly by while its sovereignty and territorial integrity are threatened. We will continue to stand by our NATO allies to promote security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe. Through the hard work of our men and women in uniform, Canada will continue to demonstrate the strength of allied solidarity in response to Russian aggression.”
Apart from the six CF-18 fighter jets, Canada also contributes with the frigate FFH 334 HMCS Regina in the Mediterranean, has deployed army troops and has 24 Canadian Armed Forces staff members to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger with source information of the RCAF