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Royal Air Force News Friday, March 8, 2019 P9



       Typhoon set for Baltic beat

       Ed Palmer
       RAF Wittering
       ROYAL AIR Force drivers are
       deploying tonnes of equipment
       to Estonia as the UK prepares to
       send Typhoon jets to supportNato
       operations in the Baltic.
         The first convoy of seven trucks
       rolled out of the Cambridgeshire
       station  carrying  spares  and
       equipment ahead of the arrival of
       four Typhoons to patrol the skies
       from Amari air station in Estonia
       later this year.              a Nato-led operation to protect the
         Wittering based 2 Mechanical  airspace of the three Baltic states of
       Squadron will deliver nearly 600  Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
       tonnes of aircraft spares and airfield   The RAF has taken part in the
       vehicles to enable the RAF fast jets  mission every year since 2014,
       to operate.                   deploying Typhoons to intercept
         Cpl Jack Coppack, the lead  rogue aircraft closing in on Nato-
       planner for this operation, said:  controlled airspace.
       “We’ve been coordinating the loads   RAF  Wittering  Station
       to be ready and prepared so that we  Commander Gp Capt Tony Keeling
       can deliver everything to the ferry  said: “We’re making an important
       port and ensure that we can move  contribution to a major Nato                                                            HIT THE ROAD: 2MT convoy leaves
       everything once it gets to Estonia.   operation.                                                                          RAF Wittering carrying equipment
         “The return journey is also a   “Success in the air means you                                                           to support Typhoon deployment to
                                                                                                                                 Estonia, left, RAF combat jet at Amari
       factor and clearances have to be  need all the right elements on                                                          airbase in 2015. PHOTOS: SAC KIM
       arranged for the convoys when they  the ground and that’s where our                                                       WATERSON/CPL JIMMY WISE
       come home.”                   specialist engineering and logistics
         The Baltic air-policing mission is  squadrons make a real difference.”

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