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RAF Typhoons arrive in Iceland

14th November 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons from 1(Fighter) Squadron have arrived in Iceland to carry out the Icelandic NATO Air Policing Mission.

The fighters will spend the next month stationed at Keflavik Air Base, protecting the airspace as the UK’s contribution to NATO’s Icelandic Air Policing Mission.

The mission has been conducted by a rotation of NATO Allies since 2008 following a request from Iceland, which does not have its own air force.

Air Vice Marshal Harv Smyth, the Air Officer Commanding 1 Group RAF, which includes 1 (F) Sqn said: ‘I am proud to see RAF Typhoon fighters deploying once more to support and defend one of our Allies as part of our ongoing commitment to NATO.  This deployment is primarily designed to offer re-assurance to our friends, nevertheless, I am confident the Typhoons will secure the Icelandic skies in the same way as we do 24/7 365 at home.

‘Their presence makes clear to Allies that we stand by our NATO commitments, of which this is just one of many we offer to the Alliance in order to help preserve Euro-Atlantic security.’

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