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RAF Typhoons to Patrol Icelandic Skies for NATO

Photo: A Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 aircraft from No.1(F) Squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth, arrives at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland. (Crown Copyright 2019)

 

RAF Typhoons have arrived in Iceland where they will spend the next month protecting the airspace as the UK’s contribution to NATO’s Icelandic Air Policing Mission. The fighters from 1(Fighter) Squadron will be stationed at Keflavik Air Base until mid-December before returning to their home at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.

This is the first time in more than 10 years that the RAF has deployed aircraft to Iceland and is also the first time that the RAF has conducted the Icelandic NATO air policing mission. The mission is being conducted by a rotation of NATO Allies and started in 2008 following a request from Iceland, which does not have its own air force.

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