ICELAND THANKS RAF FOR NATO AIR POLICING MISSION

The RAF detachment gathered together for a group photograph with an RAF Typhoon, in a hardened aircraft shelter at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, on 22nd November 2019. They are pictured with the (left to right) the Icelandic flag, RAF Ensign, and Union flag, to mark the first time an RAF fighter squadron has deployed to Iceland since World War II. The RAF detachment, including four Typhoon jet fighters have deployed to Iceland as part of a periodic peacetime air defence strategy.
The RAF detachment gathered together for a group photograph with an RAF Typhoon, in a hardened aircraft shelter at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, on 22nd November 2019. They are pictured with the (left to right) the Icelandic flag, RAF Ensign, and Union flag, to mark the first time an RAF fighter squadron has deployed to Iceland since World War II. The RAF detachment, including four Typhoon jet fighters have deployed to Iceland as part of a periodic peacetime air defence strategy.

A 1(F) Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 shortly after returning to Keflavik Air Base after a routine sortie on 28th November 2019, as part of the NATO Icelandic Air Policing mission.  The RAF detachment, including four Typhoon jet fighters have deployed to Iceland as part of a periodic peacetime air defence strategy.
A 1(F) Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 shortly after returning to Keflavik Air Base after a routine sortie on 28th November 2019, as part of the NATO Icelandic Air Policing mission.
The RAF detachment, including four Typhoon jet fighters have deployed to Iceland as part of a periodic peacetime air defence strategy.

1(F) Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 aircraft prepare to fly out of a snow covered Keflavik air base, Iceland, on 6th December 2019, as part of the NATO air policing mission.
The RAF detachment, including four Typhoon jet fighters have deployed to Iceland as part of a periodic peacetime air defence strategy.

1(F) Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 aircraft prepare to fly out of a snow covered Keflavik air base, Iceland, on 6th December 2019, as part of the NATO air policing mission.
The RAF detachment, including four Typhoon jet fighters have deployed to Iceland as part of a periodic peacetime air defence strategy.

1(F) Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 aircraft prepare to fly out of a snow covered Keflavik air base, Iceland, on 6th December 2019, as part of the NATO air policing mission.
The RAF detachment, including four Typhoon jet fighters have deployed to Iceland as part of a periodic peacetime air defence strategy.

The RAF detachment gathered together for a group photograph with an RAF Typhoon, in a hardened aircraft shelter at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, on 22nd November 2019.
They are pictured with the (left to right) the Icelandic flag, RAF Ensign, and Union flag, to mark the first time an RAF fighter squadron has deployed to Iceland since World War II.
The RAF detachment, including four Typhoon jet fighters have deployed to Iceland as part of a periodic peacetime air defence strategy.

Two 1(F) Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s take-off from a frosty Keflavik Air Base on 25th November 2019, as part of the NATO Icelandic Air Policing mission.
The RAF detachment, including four Typhoon jet fighters have deployed to Iceland as part of a periodic peacetime air defence strategy.

The RAF Icelandic Air Policing detachment was awarded Full Operational Capability (FOC) by NATO’s Combined Air Operational Centre Uedem, at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland on 15th November 2019.
Pictured: Left to right
Lieutenant Colonel Willi May CAOC Uedem, Wg Cdr Mark Baker, RAF detachment commander.
The RAF detachment, including four Typhoon jet fighters have deployed to Iceland as part of a periodic peacetime air defence strategy.

Four Typhoon jet fighters have left Iceland as the Royal Air Force completed its first NATO Air Policing mission in the country.
This has been the first time since World War II that an RAF fighter squadron has been based in Iceland, close to the Arctic Circle. The RAF deployment formed part of the ongoing Air Policing mission that NATO conducts at the request of Iceland, a country five times the size of Wales but with a population of just 360,000 and no military force.
Leading the 129 deployed RAF regular and reserve personnel has been Wing Commander Mark Baker from 1(Fighter) Squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. He said:
“We’ve achieved the mission, first and foremost, ensuring the integrity of NATO airspace. I think we’ve also developed some excellent relationships with the people of Iceland.”
Commenting on the RAF’s departure, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland said:
“It is safe to say that this first RAF NATO Air Policing peacetime mission in Iceland has been a success. We appreciate the support from a trusted ally and neighbour, and we look forward to welcoming the RAF back for its next mission in Iceland.”
As well as being on 24-hour stand-by to scramble in response to unidentified aircraft flying towards Icelandic airspace, the Typhoons flew 59 training sorties and more than 180 practice intercepts.
“It’s been a challenging deployment for us into a colder environment and climate than the weather conditions we’re used to back home. From an engineering perspective, that has meant certain equipment has been challenging to operate and flying has been different as well.” Added Wing Commander Baker.
“Before we came here, we were told we were coming to the land of fire and ice, and we’ve certainly experienced a lot of ice. We’ve also had an amazingly warm welcome from the people of Iceland and we are very much looking forward to coming back in the future.”

For more information contact A/Sqn Ldr Peter Lisney at RAF Media Operations

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