Estonian Ministry of Defense announced that an air force of the Italy’s Air Forces had arrived at the Amary air base to protect the airspace of the Baltic States. This was reported by the Err.ee agency.
“The jets and staff of the Belgian Air Force currently stationed at Estonia's Ämari airbase will hand over to the arriving Italians in a formal ceremony next Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence announced on Friday,” the message says.
The Italians are taking over for the next four months. They will guard the Baltic states' northern airspace with their four Eurofighter Typhoon jets.
In addition to guarding the Baltic airspace out of Ämari, the Italians will carry out training flights for its own staff as well as with other allied personnel in the region, the ministry said.
As it was reported earlier the largest defense complex in the country for the deployment of the NATO battalion group was built in Estonian military town of Tapa in the last 10 years. The complex was solemnly opened by the Minister of Defense Jüri Luik on Monday, October 30 together with the representative of the Estonian Defense Forces and representatives of the allies.