Take-off from Morón on 29 December 2014 (Image © Ejército del Aire)

Spanish Typhoons “están reportando” for Baltic Air Policing

The Spanish Air Force has reported for duty at Ämari Airbase in Estonia, for their tour of the Baltic Air Policing mission. Four Eurofighter C.16 (EF2000) Typhoons from Ala 11 left Morón Airbase in the early morning of 29 December and headed north.

The Spanish detachment is a 114 men and women strong, and was during its build-up supported by a Boeing T.17 (707) of 471 Esc. from Torrejon and a Lockheed T.10 (C-130) of 311 Esc. from Zaragoza.

As of 1 January 2015 the Ejército del Aire has taken over the air defence ops in Estonia from the Luftwaffe. The Germans also flew the Eurofighters till New Year. Like with the other NATO rotations at Šiauliai in Lithuania (Italian EF2000s and Polish MiG-29s) and Malbork in Poland (Belgian F-16s) the Spanish Typhoons will operate under control of the Command Air Component NATO (AIRCOM) based at Ramstein in Germany. Main mission: to keep track of and intercept the many Russian military flights that have been showing up even inside NATO and Scandinavian airspace the last couple of years.

According to the Ejército del Aire the Spanish Typhoons deployed now have been training for their mission in November at Lanzarote. Like with many other NATO countries Spain has contributed to the Baltic Air Policing before. In 2006 four Dassault C.14s (Mirage F-1s) from Ala 14 were deployed to Lithuania. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania don’t have any fighter aircraft themselves. That’s why NATO provides the air cover to these member states, like it also does on Iceland.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger

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Spanish Typhoon and crew preparing for departure to Northern Europe on 29 December 2014 at Morón (Image © Ejército del Aire)
Spanish Typhoon and crew preparing for departure to Northern Europe on 29 December 2014 at Morón (Image © Ejército del Aire)
Hasta la vista Morón (Image © Ejército del Aire)
Hasta la vista Morón (Image © Ejército del Aire)
A happy looking bunch about to board a Spanish Air Force T.10 (C-130) heading for Ämari in the Baltics  (Image © Ejército del Aire)
A happy looking bunch about to board a Spanish Air Force T.10 (C-130) heading for Ämari in the Baltics (Image © Ejército del Aire)
Ground and support personnel boarding the Spanish Air Force T.17 - or Boeing 707 - to bring them to Estonia (Image © Ejército del Aire)
Ground and support personnel boarding the Spanish Air Force T.17 – or Boeing 707 – to bring them to Estonia (Image © Ejército del Aire)
Two of four Spanish Typhoons reporting for duty at Ämari, Estonia, on 29 December 2014. (Image © Ejército del Aire)
Two of four Spanish Typhoons reporting for duty at Ämari, Estonia, on 29 December 2014. (Image © Ejército del Aire)
Take-off from Morón on 29 December 2014 (Image © Ejército del Aire)
Take-off from Morón on 29 December 2014 (Image © Ejército del Aire)