A Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 led two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornets in a display of NATO solidarity and reassurance in Romania on August 24.
The RAF’s NATO operations in Romania come to an end on August 28. Four RCAF CF-188s – from 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron – will then assume responsibility for NATO’s mission, as part of the RCAF’s Air Task Force.
135 Expeditionary Air Wing’s Commanding Officer, Wg Cdr Andy Coe, said: “the RAF’s mission here ends on Monday, but NATO’s mission endures. The alliance is in safe hands with our Canadian cousins, who I know will make their country, NATO and their hosts here in Romania proud in the months ahead.”
On April 24 this year four Typhoons from No 3 (Fighter) Squadron at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, landed at the Romanian air base of Mihail Kogălniceanu, accompanied by a 150-strong detachment of personnel from various RAF bases, together making up 135 Expeditionary Air Wing.
The September issue of AFM features a report and exclusive photography of the RAF’s Typhoon deployment to the Black Sea, where it has been reinforcing Romanian Air Force LanceRs in response to increased Russian military air activity in the region.