On September 21 and 22, the third Ramstein Alloy exercise this year saw Allied and Partner air forces come together to conduct live-fly training in the Baltic States and…airspace over the Baltic Sea.
This iteration of the Ramstein Alloy exercise series was hosted by Lithuania, with Allies Denmark, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Turkey [Russia’s strategic partner] and NATO Partner Finland, as well as NATO E-3A AWACS….A Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 air-to-air refuelling aircraft and a Lithuanian Air Force C-27 transport plane also enabled the training activities.
“The Ramstein Alloy is an excellent training opportunity for the Portuguese Air Force detachment in the Baltic. The ability to integrate, plan and execute a multinational exercise like this demonstrates the reach, flexibility and interoperability of NATO airpower. Definitely, we are stronger together,” stated Major Paulo Silva, Portuguese detachment Commander at Šiauliai, Air Base. [Portugal and Lithuania are at opposite ends of the European continent; from far southwest to far northeast.]
During the first day, some participating fighters were re-tasked to enable essential Quick Reaction Alert missions. NATO fighters across all European Allies are on 24/7 standby ready to launch upon orders from the Combined Air Operations Centres at Uedem, Germany, and Torrejón, Spain….