NATO Patriot Mission in Turkey
The PATRIOT Mission augments Turkish air defence capabilities, through a sophisticated ground-to-air guided missile defence system. This system is plugged into NATO’s air defence network and contributes to protect the Turkish population and territory.
The mission was launched in 2013, following the decision of NATO Foreign Ministers to accommodate a request for support made by the Turkish government. The location where the batteries are deployed are decided jointly with Turkey as the host nation in close coordination with Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).
SACEUR holds operational command of the mission and Allied Air Command holds delegated responsibility.