Czech Gripen Baltic Airspace Policing Encore

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Four Czech air force JAS-39 Gripen fighters will take over NATO's air policing of the Baltic states on 1 September. The Gripens land at Lithuania's Šiauliai air base on 30 August, relieving Polish air force MiG-29 fighters which have been conducting the mission over the last four months. The formal handover ceremony will be held on 31 August.

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The 64-strong Czech contingent began deploying to Šiauliai by C-295M transport aircraft on 21 August.
 
Czech Gripens first conducted Baltic air policing between 1 May and 31 August 2009.

The next Baltic air policing rotation will be by Danish air force F-16s starting on 4 January 2013.

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