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Türkiye Deploys Fighter Jets to Romania for NATO Air Policing Mission

Date: Issue 128 - March 2024 Update: April 20, 2024

On November 30, belongs to the 152nd Squadron of the Turkish Air Force Command four Turkish F-16 fighter jets arrived in 86th Borcea Air Base, in Romania to participate in NATO’s enhanced Air Policing mission in the south for the first time. Turkish Air Force Command F-16 jets have deployed to Feteşti Air Base for the execution of Enhanced Air Policing mission from 01 December 2023 to 31 March 2024 in order to protect and safeguard NATO airspace effectively. 

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as a defensive alliance providing the safety and security of member nations, takes the responsibility of securing the NATO airspace. Air Policing is the key component of this responsibility and serves as a continuous mission performed by various Allied Air Forces from several different locations to provide the integrity of NATO airspace. Air Policing is an important mission which strengthens the vulnerabilities that can occur. Authority of national air defence assets provided by Allies to support Air Policing mission is transferred to NATO and air policing mission is conducted under operational control (OPCON) of Allied Air Command.