Royal Danish Air Force F-16 fighter jets flew their last operational mission against the so-called Islamic State forces from their base in Kuwait in the night from Tuesday 29 to Wednesday 30 September 2015, the Ministry of Defence in Copenhagen confirmed.
After 547 missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve the Danes retreat because of several issues: overworked maintenance crews, untrained pilots (for other missions than air strikes against ISIS) and budgetary constrains.
At 09:00 local time the last of three Danish F-16s that flew the last mission were back at Ahmed Al Jaber Airbase, where seven of the aircraft (four operational, three reserve) have been flying since October 2014. The RDAF Fighting Falcons only flew over Iraqi territory and not – like some other nations – into Syrian airspace.
It will take another four to six weeks to wrap everything up at the Kuwaiti airbase, with crews reading the Danish jets first for their flight home. The 140 personnel will gradually be reduced.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by the Danish Ministry of Defence
Featured image: One of the three F-16s warming up for the last Danish mission of Operation Inherent Resolve at the airbase in Kuwait (Image © Ronny Rasmussen / Forsvaret)