March 5, 2009 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Yesterday at 09:00 local time, four Danish F-16s and one C-130 deployed to Iceland where they will patrol the Icelandic aerospace throughout March.
RDAF F-16AM #E-608 from Esk 727 at low level over Scotland on July 16th, 2008. [Photo by Tigerfast]
They take up this role as part of Iceland's defense agreement with NATO
, reached after the US Military left the country in 2006.
Four F-16 military jets and approximately 50 Danish soldiers will participate in the operations, which formally begin next week.
This is the third time that aerospace patrol has been undertaken in Iceland by the military of a NATO member state since the agreement was signed.
The French Military patrolled Iceland last spring and the US Military in September 2008, when the "North Viking" military exercise took place. The British Military was supposed to patrol Iceland's aerospace last December, but it was called off.