The UK Royal Air Force’s Typhoon detachment deployed to Amari air base in Estonia has concluded its four months operation as part of NATO‘s Baltic Air Policing mission.
The detachment was operating alongside Norwegian aircraft to secure Nato’s airspace over the Baltic nations of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
British Ambassador to Estonia Chris Holtby said: "The presence in Estonia for the last four months of the four Royal Air Force Typhoons and all the personnel of 121 Expeditionary Air Wing has provided firm evidence of the commitment of the UK and our Nato Allies to the security and defence of Estonia.
"The UK is grateful for every opportunity to work together with the highly professional armed forces of its close military ally Estonia, and I am very proud that the UK has already committed itself to take part in Nato’s Baltic Air Policing again in 2016."
Since May, the Typhoon fighters have been scrambled 17 times and have intercepted more than 40 Russian aircraft ranging from transports to long-range fighters.
In July, the Typhoons intercepted ten Russian aircraft, including eight fighters.
Typhoon pilot flight lieutenant Rory Denman said: "From hearing the alarm we launch as fast as we can. It’s been a challenging but ultimately rewarding operation.
"From a flying perspective, intercepting aircraft is what we do, just as we continue to do so in the UK."
Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multi-role fighter designed to conduct air policing, peace support and high-intensity conflict missions worldwide.
Image: An RAF Typhoon patrols the skies over the Baltic States. Photo: courtesy of Ministry of Defence/ Crown copyright.