The Canadian Air Task Force (ATF ) has concluded its four-month operation in the Romanian airspace in support of Operation Reassurance and Block 45 of NATO -enhanced Air Policing (eAP).

The ATF-Romania comprising 135 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel and four CF-18 Hornet fighter jets operated in support of the 45th rotation of Nato eAP since September last year.

Members from 2 Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagotville, and 4 Wing, Cold Lake, were supported by personnel from several other Wings and Bases across Canada.

Canadian Joint Operations Command commander Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes said: “Canada and Romania are close partners within Nato.

“The Canadian Armed Forces is proud to have participated in cooperative defence activities in support of Nato enhanced Air Policing in Romania.

“I congratulate the men and women of Air Task Force-Romania for their professionalism, hard work, dedication to the mission, and for projecting the best of what Canada has to offer.”

“I congratulate the men and women of Air Task Force-Romania for their professionalism, hard work, dedication to the mission, and for projecting the best of what Canada has to offer.”

During the mission, ATF-Romania visited Romanian Armed Forces bases and installations, including their Combat Readiness Centre, the newly renovated 86th Air Base with its F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, a training academy for new aircrew, and several headquarters.

The ATF also conducted regular training with its Romanian hosts, which included medical support, flight safety, aircraft maintenance, command and control, and military policing.

ATF- Romania’s CF-18 Hornet crews trained alongside Romanian Air Force MiG-21s, F-16s and Puma helicopters, in addition to Portuguese F-16s, US Army Blackhawk helicopters and Nato airborne warning and control systems (AWACs).

The CF-18 crews also trained alongside French and Romanian vessels in the Black Sea.