RAF Typhoons have arrived in Romania to commence a four-month deployment in support of NATO’s enhanced Air Policing of the Black Sea region.
The four RAF Typhoons from 3 (Fighter) Squadron, from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, will join force elements already deployed as part of the RAF’s 140 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW), based out of Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base in the south east of Romania.
The deployment, called Operation Biloxi by the UK military, will see the Typhoons forming a crucial part of NATO’s existing alliance across Eastern Europe and providing a unique opportunity to improve the UK’s interoperability with regional Allies whilst forming part of a multinational combat capable force operating alongside Romanian and American aircraft.
On the arrival of the Typhoons, Wing Commander Dutch Holland, Officer Commanding 140 EAW, was present to watch the aircraft arrive and welcomed the pilots alongside Romanian Air Force Colonel Dodu, Commander of Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base. Wg Cdr Holland said:
“140 EAW forms a key part of the UK’s contribution to NATO enhanced Air Policing within the Black Sea region which will involve us operating closely with out NATO partners throughout the deployment.
“Op Biloxi is a pre-planned UK operation which seeks to reinforce our commitment to European security, highlighting that NATO remains ready to counter any threat within the region”
Personnel from across the RAF and British Army have been deployed in Romania since early March as part of 140 EAW in preparation for the Typhoon’s arrival.
This deployment also offers them an opportunity to represent the RAF in support of key Romanian public engagement events.
Wg Cdr Holland said of his EAW:
“It’s a privilege to command a team of skilled RAF and British Army personnel who enable us to fulfil our purpose and effectively co-operate with our NATO partners.”