Finnish Air Force Jumping into NATO Missions in Romania This Summer

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Finnish Air Force to join NATO missions in Romania in summer

The Finnish Air Force will deploy a detachment of F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets to Romania in summer 2024 as part of Finland’s contribution to NATO’s collective peacetime missions, said Finnish Defence Forces in a press release on Friday.

NATO’s peacetime air defence tasks are carried out through the Air Policing and Air Shielding missions.

Member states’ air forces surveil and protect the integrity of Allied airspace through the standing Air Policing mission.

The Air Shielding mission, on the other hand, consists of an increased presence of fighter jets and ground-based air defence units in NATO’s eastern member states.

The tasks of the fighter detachments participating in the Air Shielding mission include quick-reaction alert duty, patrol flights under the command of NATO’s integrated air and missile defence, as well as exercise activities and maintaining the collective deterrence of the Alliance.

Fighter detachments from Allied air forces have taken part in the Air Shielding mission with deployments ranging from a few weeks to several months.

Finland will participate in NATO missions for the first time in Romania in summer 2024 together with the Royal Air Force. The Finnish detachment, consisting mainly of Karelia Air Wing’s active-duty personnel, will deploy to the Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, which is located in southeastern Romania near the city of Constanța.

NATO’s Air Shielding mission complements the capabilities of the Romanian and Bulgarian air forces in the Black Sea region.

Finnish F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets will contribute to the mission from 3 June to 31 July 2024. Quick-reaction alert (QRA) duty and patrol flights will be carried out by armed fighter jets equipped with air-to-air missiles, cannons and countermeasures systems.

The Finnish F/A-18 Hornets will be QRA duty on alternate weeks with the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon jets.

The Finnish detachment deploying to Romania will consist of a maximum of eight F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets and 100 airmen. The personnel will be rotated during the summer, in order to provide practical experience in cooperation with Allies to as many airmen as possible.

“The increased presence of air defence assets in the Black Sea region is part of NATO’s basic idea that all Allies prepare to support each other in maintaining collective defence and deterrence. By participating in the Air Shielding mission for the first time, we are doing our part to strengthen NATO’s cohesion and to enhance interoperability with Allies, says Commander of the Finnish Air Force,” Major General Juha-Pekka Keränen said.

“For the Finnish Air Force, the objectives of the deployment are to enhance our integration into NATO air power, to further deepen bilateral cooperation with the Royal Air Force, and to develop our capability to operate from an Allied air base,” Keränen added.

In addition to QRA duty and patrol flights, the Finnish detachment in Romania will fly training missions in accordance with the F/A-18 pilots’ flight training programme, and participate in Allied exercise activities. For example, the Finnish fighter jets will take part in NATO Allied Air Command’s Ramstein Legacy 24 exercise, which will take place in Romanian and Bulgarian airspace in June.


  1. LauraSmith87 says

    As a military enthusiast, I believe Finland’s decision to join NATO missions in Romania demonstrates their commitment to enhancing collective security in the region. The deployment of the F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets showcases Finland’s dedication to supporting NATO’s air defence tasks, which is crucial for maintaining the integrity of Allied airspace in Eastern Europe. I look forward to seeing the Finnish detachment in action in summer 2024!

  2. Emily123 says

    Will the Finnish Air Force face any challenges or specific tasks while participating in the NATO missions in Romania in the summer of 2024?

    1. Tom_79 says

      Yes, the Finnish Air Force could potentially face challenges such as adapting to the new operational environment, coordination with other NATO member states, and possibly encountering linguistic and cultural differences during the missions in Romania in 2024.

  3. EmilySmith says

    Will this deployment of Finnish Air Force fighter jets to Romania affect the Air Shielding mission significantly?

    1. JohnDavis says

      It is highly likely that the deployment of Finnish Air Force fighter jets to Romania will have a noticeable impact on the Air Shielding mission. Adding more aircraft to the mission enhances the collective deterrence of the Alliance and strengthens the surveillance and protection of Allied airspace, contributing to the overall effectiveness of NATO’s peacetime air defence tasks.

  4. Ana Smith says

    As a military enthusiast, I applaud Finland’s decision to contribute to NATO missions in Romania. It’s great to see countries coming together to protect Allied airspace and enhance collective deterrence. Looking forward to the successful deployment of the Finnish Air Force detachment!

  5. JenniferSmith says

    It’s great to see Finland stepping up and contributing to NATO missions in Romania. Air defence is crucial for maintaining security, and the deployment of F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets will surely enhance NATO’s capabilities in the region.

  6. LenaSmith says

    As a strong supporter of international cooperation, I believe it is important for Finland to contribute to NATO missions in Romania. It showcases solidarity and strengthens security in the region.

  7. EmilyJohnson says

    I believe it’s great to see Finland stepping up and contributing to NATO missions in Romania. It shows a strong commitment to international security and cooperation. Looking forward to seeing the F/A-18 Hornets in action!

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