On 1st September 2020, Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft departed Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania after completing the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission. The Typhoon fighter jets, from No. 6 Squadron RAF Lossiemouth have been in Lithuania for 4 months on Operation AZOTIZE, and have been supported by the Royal Air Force 135 Expeditionary Wing at Siauliai Air Base. Op AZOTIZE is the UK's contribution to the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission ensuring the security of the skies above Lithuania the other Baltic States. RAF Typhoons of No.6 Squadron, from RAF Lossiemouth, are working alongside a detachment of Spanish F-18 fighters of Ejercito Del Aire.
Ministry of Defence

THE ROYAL AIR FORCE COMPLETE THIS YEARS NATO AIR POLICING MISSION

On 1st September 2020, Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft departed Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania after completing the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission. The Typhoon fighter jets, from No. 6 Squadron RAF Lossiemouth have been in Lithuania for 4 months on Operation AZOTIZE, and have been supported by the Royal Air Force 135 Expeditionary Wing at Siauliai Air Base. Op [Read More …]

A Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 fighter aircraft flies beside a B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, in support of the Bomber Task Force Europe mission, Allied Sky, on Aug. 28, 2020. Allied Sky was a single-day mission overflying 30 NATO nations and part of the routine Bomber Task Force missions that have occurred in the European theater of operations since 2018 with more than 200 sorties coordinated with Allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor)
U.S. Air Force

Allied Sky Mission

A Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 fighter aircraft flies beside a B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, in support of the Bomber Task Force Europe mission, Allied Sky, on Aug. 28, 2020. Allied Sky was a single-day mission overflying 30 NATO nations and part of the routine Bomber Task Force missions [Read More …]

U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to 173rd Airborne Brigade hear an enemy BMP in the distance and check the AT4 before use in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany on Aug. 20, 2020. The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the U.S. Army's Contingency Response Force in Europe, providing rapidly deployable forces to the United States Europe, Africa and Central Command areas of responsibility. Forward deployed across Italy and Germany, the brigade routinely trains alongside NATO allies and partners to build partnerships and strengthen the alliance. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Mathew Pous)
U.S. Army

OCT checks AT4

U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to 173rd Airborne Brigade hear an enemy BMP in the distance and check the AT4 before use in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany on Aug. 20, 2020. The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the U.S. Army’s Contingency Response Force in Europe, providing rapidly deployable forces to the United States Europe, Africa and Central Command areas of responsibility. Forward [Read More …]

A Hellenic Navy Instructor from the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center pulls security while U.S. Naval Special Warfare Operators assigned to Naval Special Warfare secured a room during a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise at the NMIOTC, Greece on July 31, 2020. The U.S. Naval Special Warfare Operators worked with U.S. Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen and Hellenic Navy Instructors from the NMIOTC for the VBSS. Joint training missions enhance readiness and maintains proficiencies to support multiple NATO allies and partners in Europe. Portions of image obscured for operational security. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Aven Santiago) 
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U.S. Navy special operators practice VBSS exercises with Hellenic Navy

A Hellenic Navy Instructor from the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center pulls security while U.S. Naval Special Warfare Operators assigned to Naval Special Warfare secured a room during a visit, board, search, and seizure exercise at the NMIOTC, Greece on July 31, 2020. The U.S. Naval Special Warfare Operators worked with U.S. Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen and Hellenic [Read More …]

Leadership from the Slovak air force and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa pose for a photo in front of a Slovak air force MiG-29 static display before attending force development engagement briefings at Sliač Air Base, Slovakia, July 28, 2020. In 2018, the Slovak Ministry of Defense announced its largest defense purchase of 14 F-16 Block 70/72 to replace the aging MiG-29 fighters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)
U.S. Air Force

Forging relationships with Allies

Leadership from the Slovak air force and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa pose for a photo in front of a Slovak air force MiG-29 static display before attending force development engagement briefings at Sliač Air Base, Slovakia, July 28, 2020. In 2018, the Slovak Ministry of Defense announced its largest defense purchase of 14 F-16 Block [Read More …]

200725-N-NO901-0001 BLACK SEA (July, 25, 2020) Sea Breeze is an annual exercise designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security. The exercise began in 1997, bringing Black Sea nations together to train and operate with NATO members to build interoperability and increase capability. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Ukrainian Navy/Released)
U.S. Navy

Sea Breeze 2020

200725-N-NO901-0001 BLACK SEA (July, 25, 2020) Sea Breeze is an annual exercise designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security. The exercise began in 1997, bringing Black Sea nations together to train and operate with NATO members to build interoperability and increase capability. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Ukrainian Navy/Released)

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, fire an M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank during a Live Fire and Screening Training exercise as part of Phase II of DEFENDER-Europe 20, Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, July 21, 2020. DEFENDER-Europe 20 was designed as a deployment exercise to build strategic readiness in support of the U.S. National Defense Strategy and NATO deterrence objectives. In response to COVID-19, DEFENDER-Europe 20 was modified in size and scope. Phase I of the modified DEFENDER-Europe 20 was linked to exercise Allied Spirit, which took place at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, June 5-19 with approximately 6,000 U.S. and Polish Soldiers. In phase II of the modified DEFENDER-Europe 20, a U.S.-based combined arms battalion will conduct an emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise to Europe July 14-Aug. 22. (U.S. Army photo by Jason Johnston.)
U.S. Army

U.S. Soldiers Prepare Tanks for Exercise in Poland

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, fire an M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank during a Live Fire and Screening Training exercise as part of Phase II of DEFENDER-Europe 20, Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, July 21, 2020. DEFENDER-Europe 20 was designed as a deployment exercise to build strategic readiness in support of the U.S. National [Read More …]

A Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 (Top), U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle, and Belgian Air Force F-16 (Bottom) conduct aerial operations over the North Sea, July 17, 2020. Interoperability and collective readiness, deter potential adversaries and ensure the skies within the European theater remain sovereign. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Matthew Plew)
U.S. Air Force

North Sea Ops

A Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 (Top), U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle, and Belgian Air Force F-16 (Bottom) conduct aerial operations over the North Sea, July 17, 2020. Interoperability and collective readiness, deter potential adversaries and ensure the skies within the European theater remain sovereign. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Matthew Plew)

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, during Exercise Point Blank 20-3, July 16, 2020. Multi-lateral exercises like these sharpen combat readiness and increase tactical proficiency to maintain ready forces capable of deterring adversaries and ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
U.S. Air Force

Point Blank from the ground up

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, during Exercise Point Blank 20-3, July 16, 2020. Multi-lateral exercises like these sharpen combat readiness and increase tactical proficiency to maintain ready forces capable of deterring adversaries and ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st [Read More …]