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  • Danes Return To Patrol Baltic Airspace
    Posted by Nicholas Fiorenza 1:02 PM on Sep 02, 2011


    Royal Danish Air Force F-16s began patrolling Baltic airspace today under NATO's air policing mission. On Aug. 31, four F-16s deployed from their home base of Skrydstrupe, Denmark, to Siauliai air base in Lithuania for a four-month rotation, relieving four French Mirage 2000Cs that had been conducting the mission since May 2.

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    Photo courtesy of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense (MoD)

    Meanwhile, the black box of the Lithuanian air force L-39ZA that crashed after colliding with one of the French Mirages on Aug. 30 has been recovered. A Lithuanian team is investigating the crash site in a forested swamp close to Siauliai. The investigation is being hampered because the swamp cannot be reached by heavy ground transport, so a Lithuanian air force Mi-8 is being used to recover the wreckage.

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    Crash site photo: Lithuanian air force and Giedrė Maksimovicz (MoD)

     

    Tags: ar99, NATO, Denmark

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