Allied Air Command
April 12, 2022

Royal Air Force takes over NATO’s enhanced Air Policing mission in Romania

Romania hosted a ceremonial event and media day at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near Constanța on the Black Sea with military representatives from Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In a ceremony on April 8, 2022, the Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons took over NATO’s enhanced Air Policing (eAP) mission in Romania and conducted an aerial training with Romanian, Italian and United States aircraft. The Italian Air Force Eurofighter detachment completed a four-month stay in Romania, flying NATO Air Policing missions alongside the Romanian Air Force fighters, who will henceforth be safeguarding the skies together with the RAF Typhoons. US Air Force F-16s continue to reinforce the Alliance’s force posture in the country.

The military and media visitors saw a scramble of Italian, Romanian and United Kingdom fighters out of Mihail Kogalniceanu to conduct a simulated intercept and escort a Romanian C-27 transport aircraft. A US Air Force F-16 joined the fighter group to subsequently perform a mixed overflight of the military ceremony.

“The ceremony underlines the United Kingdom’s commitment to NATO vigilance activities on the Alliance’s eastern flank, demonstrating how Allied Air Forces stand shoulder-to-shoulder to provide a robust collective defence and deliver constant vigilance across NATO airspace”, the General added.

British, Italian and Romanian fighter jets. Photo: British Air Force.