“The fighter-jets landed at 4:32 p.m. local time. There are currently two, the remaining two are coming tomorrow,” the base’s public relations officer Captain Ieva Gulbinienė told BNS.
The Norwegian aviators will serve together with Italian airmen who are staying in Šiauliai for another four months. A Polish contingent is wrapping up its mission in Lithuania. The Polish Embassy said the airmen performed 216 flights over four months, counting more than 250 flight hours.
This is the 3rd shift to be served by Norwegian airmen.
The NATO air policing mission has been performed in Šiauliai since the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia joined NATO in 2004. In response to the Russian actions in Ukraine, the Alliance last year stationed jets in Poland and Estonia, as well.