NATO's enhanced Air Policing measures begin in Bulgaria
Sep 9, 2016
MONS, Belgium -
The U.S. Air
Force, in close cooperation with the Bulgarian Air Force, began NATO’s
enhanced Air Policing measures to protect Bulgarian airspace today.
This is the first
time the Alliance has launched the enhanced Air Policing measures in Bulgaria. Until
now, NATO air policing in the region has been conducted by national means.
Four U.S. F-15
fighter jets arrived in Bulgaria earlier and were certified by NATO experts to conduct NATO Air Policing missions to the same standards Bulgaria routinely
does. The U.S. jets join Bulgaria’s MIG-29s for a week
on this mission.
|A California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flies in formation with a Bulgarian air force MiG-29 Fulcrum over the skies of Bulgaria. The 194th EFS Griffins participated in Thracian Star 2016 -- a multilateral exercise emphasizing Dissimilar Air Combat Training with the BulAF, RoAF, and other eastern European nations.
mission not only confirms our resolve to preserve the integrity of Allied
airspace, our ability to support each other as well as our continued commitment
and solidarity to our Ally, Bulgaria,” said Director of the
Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre (CCOMC) at Allied Command
Operations, Brigadier General Nico Tak.
policing is a standing peacetime mission to preserve the integrity of Allied
airspace; the enhanced Air Policing is part of the Alliance’s Assurance
Measures for eastern Allies. As part of this mission, NATO assets respond to
civilian aircraft in distress and non-NATO military aircraft that do not follow
international flight regulations in their approach to NATO airspace.
Policing responses seek to minimise risks, and ensure the safety of the
airspace and its users.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office