Canadian fighters to begin enhanced Air Policing over Romania
A CF-188 fighter jet of the Royal Canadian Air Force on display during the ceremony at Mihail Kogalniceau Airbase, Romania. Photo by OR-7 Christian Timmig, Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania
August 31 NATO recognised full
operational capability of the Royal Canadian Air Force detachment, deployed to
Romania for NATO’s enhanced Air Policing mission.
The Canadian CF-188 fighters are going to augment Romania’s Air Policing
capabilities, securing the skies alongside Romanian MiG-21s.
"In augmenting an already credible Air Policing capability of the
Romanian Air Force Canada and Romania stand shoulder to shoulder as close
partners within NATO” says Brigadier General Scott Clancy, Director General Air
Readiness of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Lieutenant General Ruben Servert, Commander of CAOC Torrejon, presented
the certificate to the Canadian detachment. He thanked the pilots and ground
crews for their commitment, wishing them a successful mission and emphasized
the importance of the mission for NATO’s Assurance Measures.
"The goal of implementing these Assurance Measures is to
demonstrate the collective resolve of Allies, demonstrate the defensive nature
of NATO and deter any aggression or threat of aggression against NATO Allies”
states Lieutenant General Servert.
To receive full operational status by NATO, pilots and personnel have to
undergo safety briefings, conduct familiarisation flights and ensure
interoperability with their Romanian hosts and colleagues. Allied Air Command, NATO’s
authority for all Integrated Air and Missile Defence matters, delegates the
responsibility for the certification process to its southern Combined Air
Operations Centre (CAOC) at Torrejon, Spain. As southern command and control
unit for Air Policing, CAOC Torrejon is
responsible for all NATO airspace south of the Alps, including Romania.
The enhanced Air Policing mission is part of NATO’s Assurance Measures, implemented after Russia’s illegal
and illegitimate annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014. Allies’
augmentation of Romania’s own Air Policing capabilities sends a clear message
of NATO’s resolve, commitment and solidarity to its Eastern Allies. Romania has
successfully and professionally conducted its own Air Policing under NATO
control and standards since its accession in 2004. Preceding the Canadian
deployment, the mission was successfully conducted by a detachment from the
Royal Air Force. Currently a detachment of the Italian Air Force is conducting
the same mission in Bulgaria, underlining NATO’s capability, vigilance and high
degree of interoperability among forces.
Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office