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Poland to end shift in NATO air policing mission in Baltic states

English.news.cn   2010-09-01 07:01:45 FeedbackPrintRSS

WARSAW, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Polish pilots who patrolled the skies over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia within the NATO Air Policing mission will conclude their mission on Wednesday, local media reported on Tuesday.

An official ceremony of the conclusion of the mission will take place at the Lithuanian air base in Shavle on Wednesday.

The Poles started their shift on April 30 when they took over the duties from French airmen. This was the third Air Policing mission for Poland. The contingent was formed by some 100 persons and four MiG-29 aircraft.

NATO introduced Air Policing in 2004 as an airspace safety measure for the Baltic states, which do not have combat aircraft.

Mission's tasks included carrying out of round-the-clock patrols of Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian air space and providing emergency aid for civilian and military aircraft in the region.

Poland previously took part in the Air Policing project in 2006 and 2008.

Editor: Tang Danlu
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