Pilots from RAF Lossiemouth intercepted fifty Russian aircraft.

After a four-month air policing assignment in Estonia, during which time pilots stopped 50 Russian aircraft, members of the RAF Lossiemouth have returned to Scotland.

Russian aircraft that approached NATO airspace were intercepted by Typhoon planes during fast-reaction alert missions from Amari air base.

During the Estonian deployment, the fighter planes flew for a combined total of more than 500 hours, known as Operation Azotize.

In case any Russian aircraft posed a potential threat to safety by flying into Estonian airspace without a flight plan, personnel were kept on standby and prepared to act immediately.

Now that they have arrived back at their base in Moray, members of the 140 Expeditionary Air Wing

Recently, an Estonian commander at Amari Air Base referred to the sound of the Typhoons as the “sound of freedom” and expressed gratitude for the RAF’s support.

Since 2014, as part of a new commitment to the Baltic republics, several NATO countries have given fighter jets to the Estonian air force, allowing it to fulfill the task of air policing.

Russian aircraft were intercepted 21 times over the course of the UK air wing’s deployment, which lasted 21 days.

Hundreds of RAF pilots and personnel have spent months away from their families while collaborating with our friends to maintain the safety of Europe’s skies, according to Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.
It sends a clear message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that we will remain united with other nations against any threat to our borders, thanks to the UK’s successful leadership of Nato’s air policing campaign in Estonia, which led to the RAF intercepting dozens of Russian aircraft.

The Spanish Air Force assumed control of the air policing operation in Estonia after the RAF left.

According to Air Marshal Harv Smyth, the 140 Expeditionary Air Wing has succeeded while in Estonia, taking part in 12 significant NATO and Joint Expeditionary Force activities along with airspace policing duty.

“I am incredibly pleased with the entire force’s commitment and hard work.

Since they are back in the UK, they will immediately return to providing UK quick reaction alerts, where they will work to maintain the safety and integrity of UK airspace around the clock.

Major Tanel Rattiste, deputy commander at the Amari air base near Tallinn, stated to the PA news agency last month that NATO promotes freedom because “every time we have a Russian Federation aircraft closing in to our borders, not just in Estonia but also in the Baltics, then every time Nato scrambles, and this time the UK jets scramble, and they’ll head out to intercept those flights.”

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