September 1, 2011 (by Asif Shamim) - Four Royal Danish Air Force F-16 landed at the Lithuanian, Siauliai Air Base on August 31 for their Air Policing mission over the Baltic states after departing from Skrydstrupe Air Base.
On 2 September, Danish Air Contingent will replace the outgoing French Air Force rotation which guarded Baltic airspace since April.
The Danish unit, consists of four F-16s and 55 personnel under the command of Maj. Dam Kresten Andersen.
"Defending the Baltic states' airspace is an integral part of the overall defense of NATO
airspace, and the presence of NATO aircraft in the Baltics is a clear sign of the alliance's solidarity and reliability," the Danish Embassy in Estonia said in a press release.
This is the third time that the Royal Danish Air Force is taking part in this role. The F-16s will be patrolling over the Baltics till January 2012. NATO member countries have been performing the duty on a rotating basis since May 2004.