MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United Kingdom is to patrol the Baltic states' skies for four months in 2016 as part of the rotating NATO mission to defend Baltic airspace. Four UK Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighters will be based at the Amari airbase in Estonia, while the HMS Iron Duke frigate will return to resume its six-month deployment to northern Europe after returning from exercises near the coast of Scotland, according to the statement.
"Royal Air Force Typhoon jets and the Royal Navy warship HMS Iron Duke will deploy to the Baltic this month as part of the UK’s commitment to eastern European allies," the MoD said in a news statement published on the UK government website.
The three Baltic states comprising Latvia, Estonia and neighboring Lithuania do not possess air patrol capabilities. Since joining NATO in 2004, the three Baltic countries' airspace has been defended by a rotating NATO mission.
NATO's main base in the Baltic region is located at the Zokniai Air Force Base in Latvia, while the Estonian Amari Air Base has been used by the alliance since 2014.