Portugal shares NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission with Denmark

Denmark and Portugal have taken over NATO’s Baltic air-policing mission, replacing Spain’s tenure of the four-month rotation. The change means that Danish and Portuguese F-16 fighter jets will now continuously patrol Baltic airspace – again for a period of four months. This will be the 8th time Denmark has contributed to the mission, and the 5th time for Portugal. NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission has been continuously performed since 2004. Deputy defence minister Vilius Semeska of Lithuania (which is currently holding the EU presidency) said the mission “sends a strong message about NATO’s solidarity and “makes an important contribution to deterrence and peace keeping in our region”.