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NATO trenējas Latvijas gaisa telpā

NATO planes train over Latvia

Latvian Television (LTV) reported June 27 on NATO training flights which have been taking place in Latvian and Baltic airspace in recent days.

NATO aircraft acted out a training scenario in which a transport plane loses its communications and fighter jets escort the aircraft to the landing site.

Fighters from Portugal and Great Britain participated in the exercise, as well as a transport plane of the Lithuanian Air Force, which also had a LTV film crew aboard to provide interesting footage
(above). Lithuanian and Polish journalists were also aboard. 

From June 26 to 27, the international air exercises dubbed "Ramstein Alloy", organized by the NATO Air Force Command in cooperation with the National Armed Forces, took place in the airspace of the Baltic States.

The exercise saw alliance air forces from the UK, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Turkey and Germany carry out rapid response alert exercises, including loss of communications, combat search and rescue, slow aircraft interception, close air support and mid-air refueling scenarios.

NATO members have patrolled the airspace of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia on a rotating basis since March 2004, when the Baltic states were admitted to the alliance. 

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