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Nicholas Fiorenza writes:I guess I was premature in reporting that Luftwaffe F-4F Phantoms were performing their last NATO Baltic air policing rotation last year at this time.Luftwaffe photoThe Phantoms are returning to Siauliai in Lithuania to patrol the airspace of the three Baltic states for the first four months of the New Year starting on 4 January. The fighters belong to Jagdgeschwader (Fighter Squadron, abbreviated JG) 71 "Richthofen", whose home base is Wittmund in Lower Saxony, and will be supported by firefighters from the Luftwaffe's Objektschutzregiment (Object Defense Regiment) "Friesland" as well as from Lithuania.The first 45 out of a total contingent of 100 deployed to Siauliai yesterday, to be followed by the main headquarters on 2 January. The deployment requires 150 tons of materiel in 44 containers transported by rail, road, sea and air.Simulataneously, JG 71 will conduct NATO air policing of Iceland for two months starting in March.
ar99, Germany, NATO
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