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NATO – BALTIC AIR-POLICING – BAP

NATO Baltic Air-Policing (BAP)
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The Baltic Air-Policing mission is purely defensive, which aims to tackle the air defence constraints of the Baltic countries.

Spain, as an active and committed member of the Alliance, periodically participates on it. Although it focused the interest of public opinion as a result of the crisis in Ukrainian in 2014, it has been developing continuously since 2004. Spain contributes with several fighter planes, the whole contingent is called “Detachment Vilkas”.

The Baltic Air-Policing mission (BAP) is part of the Alliance´s collective effort in monitoring the airspace of its members, particularly those of the three Baltic republics, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The allied deployment in North Eastern Europe is developed under the NATO mandate within the framework of allied collective defence.

In June 2015, the Supreme Allied Headquarters for Europe (SHAPE) asked Spain to participate on the Baltic strengthening operation.

The NATO Air-Policing mission in the Baltic began in 2004 following the admission of the Baltic States into NATO. This implied the extension of the allied airspace in north eastern Europe, bordering Russia. Since Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania lack a combat air force that will allow them to fulfil the surveillance and control tasks over their territory as well as Quick Reaction Alert missions or scramble. For this reason, they need support from the rest of Allied countries.

Following the start of the Ukrainian crisis at the beginning of 2014 and the increasing entrance of Russian planes into Baltic airspace, the mission has been reinforced with more planes in each of the three countries and two additional deployment bases: Amari, in Estonia, and Malbork, in Poland.

The Spanish Air Force participated for the first time in the Baltic Air-Policing mission in 2006 with four 14th Wing Mirage F-1 deployed in Siauliai.

2020

  • September 1. Finaliza la misión de Policía Aérea del Báltico del "Destacamento Vilkas".
  • July 2. Spanish crews take over ón de POLICÍA AÉREA DEL BÁLTICO. Se cumplen dos meses desde que las Fuerzas Armadas españolas lideran la misión de la OTAN en el Báltico.
  • April 30. Six EF-18 and 130 airmen from the Spanish Air Force made up Detachment 'Vilkas 2020', taking Mission's command for the third time.

2019

  • August 31. Completion of the “Vilkas19” detachment deployment at Lithuania.
  • May 2. Spanish “Vilkas19” detachment in Lithuania, as part of the Baltic Air Policing (BAP), together with its fighter aircrafts EF18 from Wing 12, begin his rapid response mission from the Siauliai Air Base till August 31, 2019.

2018

  • April 25. Six Eurofighter planes from Wing 11 took off Morón Air Base to take part in the Baltic Air Police Mission in Lithuania.
  • Wing 11 and its Eurofighters take part for a second time in a BAP mission. This time, deployment will last until the end of August.
  • May 1: The Spanish Vilkas detachment, together with six Eurofighters from Wing 11, operates from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania.
  • September 1: Completion of the deployment of six Eurofighters from Wing 11.

2017

  • May 3: The Spanish Ámbar detachment, with five aircrafts EF-18 from Wing 15, operates from the Ämari Air Base in Estonia.
  • September 6. Completion of the deployment of five aircrafts from Wing 15.

2016

  • January 1. Spain leads the mission until May. Vilkas detachment conducts the operation from Lithuania.
  • January 4. Four Eurofighters from Wing 14 arrive to Vilkas detachment.
  • May 4. Completion of the deployment of four aircrafts from Wing 14.

2015

  •  January 1. Ámbar detachment begins operation.
  • January 19. First interception of a Russian military aircraft by a Spanish fighter aircraft
  •  May 4. Completion of the deployment of four Spanish Eurofighters.

2014

  • March. Beginning of the crisis in Ukraine. The operation to strengthen the air space of Baltic countries starts with the additional deployment of four other fighter aircrafts F-15C Eagle from the United States.
  • June 3. The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe requests Spain to take part in the support of the operation.
  • December 29. Four Spanish Eurofighter arrive to the Amari Base.

2006

  • August 1. Four Spanish fighter aircrafts F-1 from Wing 14 are deployed.
  • November 30. Completion of the deployment of four Spanish aircrafts Mirage F-1.

2004

  • March 29. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania join the Atlantic Alliance.
  • March 30. The Operation with four multirole fighters from Belgium begins.

Noticias OTAN – POLICIA AÉREA DEL BÁLTICO – BAP: Baltic Air Policing o eAP enhanced Air Policing

  • Detachment “Vilkas” concludes Baltic Air Policing mission

    Detachment “Vilkas” concludes Baltic Air Policing mission

    Detachment “Vilkas” concludes Baltic Air Policing mission

    2020/09/01

    Šiauliai (Lithuania)

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  • Detachment 'Vilkas' takes part on a seminar about women´s role within the framework of NATO operations

    Detachment 'Vilkas' takes part on a seminar about women´s role within the framework of NATO operations

    Detachment 'Vilkas' takes part on a seminar about women´s role within the framework of NATO operations

    2020/08/10

    Vilnius, Lihtuania

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  • The president of the republic of Lithuania visits detachment 'Vilkas'

    The president of the republic of Lithuania visits detachment 'Vilkas'

    The president of the republic of Lithuania visits detachment 'Vilkas'

    2020/07/28

    Šiauliai, Lithuania

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  • Spanish EF-18´s crews has handed over within NATO´s  Baltic Air Policing

    Spanish EF-18´s crews has handed over within NATO´s Baltic Air Policing

    Spanish EF-18´s crews has handed over within NATO´s Baltic Air Policing

    2020/07/02

    Šiauliai (Lithuania)

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  • STAFF FROM OPERATION 'ENHANCED FORWARD PRESENCE' IN LATVIA VISIT DETACHMENT 'VILKAS'

    STAFF FROM OPERATION 'ENHANCED FORWARD PRESENCE' IN LATVIA VISIT DETACHMENT 'VILKAS'

    STAFF FROM OPERATION 'ENHANCED FORWARD PRESENCE' IN LATVIA VISIT DETACHMENT 'VILKAS'

    2020/06/16

    Šiauliai (Lithuania)

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