Defence and Armed Forces
Launching from the Romanian Mihail Kog?lniceanu Air Base, the RAF Typhoons responded yesterday (August 23) to a Russian Be-12 heading south west over the Black Sea from Crimea. Its the second time in a week that RAF jets, on NATOs Air Policing mission, have been scrambled to deter provocative Russian aircraft and reassure Romania and NATO allies.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
Our commitment to NATO and European security is unwavering. Whether in the skies over the Black Sea and the Baltic, or on the ground in Estonia our actions send a clear message we are collectively ready to respond to any act of aggression and will support our Eastern European allies to deter any threats faced.
1 (Fighter) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth, is deployed to Romania as part of the NATO Enhanced Air Policing mission, where assistance is provided to the Romanian Air Forces own fleet of fast-jet aircraft.
A Typhoon pilot from 1(Fighter) Squadron, attached to 135 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) and on Quick Reaction Alert duty when the scramble was called said:
We launched in response to a Russian Be-12 aircraft that was manoeuvring over the Black Sea. It is exactly what the RAF has been brought to Romania to do and