UPDATE 6 SEPTEMBER 2014 | Five Dutch Lockheed Martin F-16AM fighter aircraft are due at Malbork airbase in Poland this week to support NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, the Dutch Ministry of Defence reports. The F-16s will deploy to Malbork from their homebase of Volkel, the Netherlands.
With the arrival of the Dutch aircraft, the Baltic Air Policing is now in the hands of these four countries: Canada, Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands. The Royal Canadian Air Force redeployed six CF-18 Hornet fighter from Romania recently, replacing Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons. The Germans, also using Typhoons, took over from Danish Air Force F-16s.
At Malbork, the Dutch F-16s will stand on Quick Reaction Alert (ORA) duties, but the crews will also use the opportunity to train alongside the Polish Air Force. Malbork, located near the city of Gdansk, is home to Polish MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft. NATO’s E-3A AWACS surveillance aircraft support the mission. Of the five RNLAF Vipers, four will be operational at any time, the fifth is being held in reserve.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest, with source information from the Netherlands MoD