31 Aug '17, 9pm

US assumes control of Baltic air policing for first time since 2014:

SIAULIAI AIR BASE, Lithuania — Under blue skies that stretched clear to the Baltic Sea, the U.S. assumed the lead in NATO’s Baltic air policing mission here Wednesday, committing to safeguarding the airspace over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for the next 120 days. The hand-over from Poland to the U.S. Air Force took place ahead of large Russian war games set to kick off in September across the border from Lithuania, which have worried allies in the Baltics and Poland. But little was said about the Zapad 2017 exercise by top defense officials at a ceremony Wednesday to mark the transfer, even as the U.S. deployed a larger-than-usual number of jets for the rotation, its first since 2014. “Seventeen of our NATO nations have made the decision to contribute, and here we are one more time to recognize this great turnover,” said Gen. Tod Wolters, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe- A...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/us-assumes-control-of-baltic...

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