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Royal Air Force News Friday, May 17, 2019 P9

 Typhoon boosts

 Nato firepower

 New squadron to guard UK skies against Putin aggression

                                                                                                                                            TYPHOON POWER:
                                                                                                                                            XI(F) Sqn chief Wg
                                                                                                                                            Cdr Paul O’Grady with
                                                                                                                                            German counterpartLt
                                                                                                                                            Col Sebastian Fiedler
                                                                                                                                            of the Luftwaffe
                                                                                                                                            Tactical Fighter Wing
                                                                                                                                            at Amari airbase in
                                                                                                                                            Estonia. PHOTOS:
                                                                                                                                            CPL ROB BOURNE

                                                                     RAF and Luftwaffe join

                                                                     forces on Eastern front

                                                                     Simon Mander
                                                                     RAF AND  Luftwaffe Typhoons
                                         INTERCEPTOR: RAF Typhoon    could soon be scrambling
                                         closes in on a Russian Air Force Bear    together for the first time on
                                         as it skirts UK space, inset below, a   Nato Quick Reaction Alert
                                         Russian SU 27 Flanker
                                                                     missions it has been revealed.
                                                                       The news comes as Coningsby-
       “RAF Lossiemouth has and will  24/7, 365 days a year, with aircraft   based  XI(F)  Sqn  takes  over
       continue to play a key role in the  from Lossiemouth and Coningsby   Baltic Air Policing duties from
       Defence of the United Kingdom,  protecting northern and southern   the German Richthofen Tactical
       being ready to intercept potential  UK airspace respectively. In   Fighter Wing 71 at Ämari Airbase
       airborne  threats 24/7  and  in  recent months, Typhoons from   in Estonia.
       addition shortly becoming home  Lossiemouth have been scrambled   Officer Commanding XI(F),
       to  our  nine  new  submarine  four times as long-range Russian   Wg  Cdr  Paul  O’Grady,  said:
       hunting P-8A Poseidon Maritime  bombers approached UK airspace.  “We’ve got a lot to learn from our
       Patrol Aircraft.                   Its squadrons conducted    German colleagues and our two
         “These will work with             Nato Air Policing in      air forces are working closer and
       our Typhoon force                     Romania in 2018,        closer together.
       to patrol far out                       where they launched     “We have two Luftwaffe pilots
       into  the Atlantic                       eight  times  in     just starting on exchange at RAF
       protecting  the                           response to 20      Coningsby on the Typhoon Force.”
       UK’s submarine-                           Russian aircraft.     “We have the same aircraft but  KEEPING NATO’S EASTERN PROMISE: AVM Duguid talks to XI Sqn personnel at
       based   nuclear                             Later this year   there are some small differences   Amari airbase in Estonia. PHOTO: CPL ROB BOURNE
       deterrent  and                            its  aircraft will   about how we do business and   “These provide the basis for  response to Russia’s occupation
       two  new  aircraft                        deploy to Iceland   we’re trying to bring it closer  possible combined air policing  of Ukraine. The mission involves
       carriers.                                on a Nato Air        together  so that  maybe in the  mission in the future.”   additional fighter detachments,
          “I am proud to                       Policing  mission,    future  we could  have  RAF and   XI(F) Sqn – the world’s oldest  controlled from the Combined Air
       see our Combat Air                     while   Coningsby-     Luftwaffe  Typhoons  side  by  side  dedicated fighter unit formed in  Operations Centre at Uedem in
       capabilities  continue               based Typhoons are       on QRA.”                      1915 – is the spearhead of 121  Germany,  safeguarding  Alliance
       to grow, a necessity as they      already in Estonia on a       German         Detachment   Expeditionary Air Wing formed  airspace in the Baltic region.
       will  undoubtedly continue  to  be  similar task.             Commander Ll Col Sebastian  to keep four of the state-of- the-art   Air  Officer  Commanding
       in exceptionally high demand on   The Typhoon can intercept the   Fiedler said: “We had a very  jets operating for several months  Number 11 Group, Air Vice
       operations, here in the UK and  smallest light aircraft to the largest   professional handover period  away from home.   Marshal Ian Duguid, said: “Our
       across the world.”           airliners and at supersonic speeds   with our colleagues from the   Nato  Baltic  Air  Policing  Nato allies can be  reassured that
         Quick  Reaction  Alert  involves  can reach all corners of the UK’s   RAF and have already flown the  codenamed Operation Azotize  the  UK’s  commitment  to  the
       the entire UK Air Defence system  airspace within minutes of getting   first  sorties,  mixing  German  and  is part of a range of assurance  Alliance remains as steadfast as
       on standby at immediate readiness,  airborne.                 British Eurofighters.         measures introduced in 2014 in  ever.”
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