Nato and partner air forces conduct exercise over the Baltic region
Nato and partner air forces have completed a joint military exercise code-named Exercise Ramstein Alloy at Amari Air Base in Estonia.
The exercise witnessed participation from seven Allies including Estonia, Lithuania, Belgium, Poland, Spain, the UK and the US, besides Nato partners Finland and Sweden.
The exercise included a wide range of practise scenarios such as search-and-rescue operations, air-to-air training and refuelling, and diversions to Baltic airfields.
Nato Deployable Air Command and Control Centre deputy commander Brigadier General Roberto di Marco said: "Ramstein Alloy has been another big opportunity to see our Allies and partners cooperate, and to reinforce our visibility here in the Baltic States."
During the exercise, a Lithuanian transport aircraft simulated losing contact with air traffic control while in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.
Two Finnish F-18 jets scrambled to intercept the plane, later handing it over to two Belgian F-16s, which escorted the aircraft safely back to Estonia.
Additionally, the exercise witnessed participation from Belgian F-16 jets, Spanish Eurofighters, a Nato E-3A Early Warning and Control aircraft
The exercise was supervised by the Control and Reporting Post at Amari Air Base, Nato's Combined Air Operations Centre in Uedem, Germany, and by an airborne UK E-3D Early Warning and Control aircraft.
Image: Aircraft during Exercise Ramstein Alloy at Amari Air Base in Estonia. Photo: courtesy of Nato.