Allies and Partners Practice Joint Air Policing Scenarios Over Baltic Sea
Allies and Partners Practice Joint Air Policing Scenarios Over Baltic Sea

Allies and Partners Practice Joint Air Policing Scenarios Over Baltic Sea

Allied and Partner Air Forces conduct the first iteration of joint Air Policing training over the Baltic Sea to enhance Alliance cohesion and interoperability on April 11 -12, 2022. Exercise Ramstein Alloy covers two days of training practicing real-world scenarios faced by Air Policing personnel deployed in the Baltic region. This training is vital to the Baltic Air Policing and enhanced Air Policing detachments.

“Allied fighters train consistently throughout the year with Allies and Partners to maintain the highest levels of readiness and performance. Exercises such as Ramstein Alloy are the foundation of our Air Policing mission, which is a part of the 360-degree deterrence of the Euro-Atlantic Area,” said Lieutenant General Pascal Delerce, Deputy Commander Allied Air Command.

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A Finnish F-18 flies next to Allies during Exercise Ramstein 22-1.
A Finnish F-18 flies next to Allies during Exercise Ramstein 22-1. (Photo by Adc Arnaud Chamberlin/NATO)

This year’s exercise participants come from Allies Spain, Germany, Czechia, France, Turkey and Belgium, as well as Partners Sweden and Finland. The main scenarios the participants conduct are slow-moving intercept and civilian communication loss with an escort. Other training areas include a simulated crew ejection with activation of the Search and Rescue chain, air-to-air combat training, and air-to-air refueling.

Air policing is a routine peacetime mission conducted all over NATO to ensure the integrity, safety and security of the Alliance. For countries that do not have their own air policing capability, like the three Baltic states, other allies step in to secure the skies over the region on a rotational basis. As NATO’s Baltic Ari Policing mission brings together several Allies during three rotations per year, the Ramstein Alloy Exercise series provides a recurring opportunity to train essential interoperability and maintain vital standards.

A Turkish Air Force E-7T plane took off from Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany, flying to Estonia to support exercise Ramstein Alloy
A Turkish Air Force E-7T plane took off from Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany, flying to Estonia to support exercise Ramstein Alloy. (Photo by Arnaud Chamberlin/NATO)

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