Iceland does not have its own combat aviation, so the skies over this country must be guarded by other NATO countries. Polish soldiers will do it in the coming weeks. At the 32nd Tactical Air Base in Łask (Łódź Voivodeship), the military who were sent there as part of the Polish contingent were said goodbye.
According to Captain Michał Kolad, spokesman for the 32 Tactical Air Base in Łask, Poland has joined the group of ten North Atlantic Alliance countries responsible for the protection of NATO airspace in the Iceland region, providing assistance to crews of aircraft in emergency situations, and possible protection of the population and troops. against air attacks.
On Wednesday, a farewell ceremony was held for 140 soldiers and military personnel from the Polish contingent. It also includes four F-16 planes.
– The activities in which Polish soldiers will participate take place on the basis of the concept of the NATO Military Committee regarding the NATO Integrated Air Defense System – says Captain Michał Kolad, press spokesman for the 32 Tactical Air Base in Łask.
The mission results from allied commitments and the fact that Iceland, which does not have its own combat aviation, cannot independently supervise the airspace over its territory.
The rotating duties of NATO member states as part of the IPPN ASIC are performed in 2008. The allied forces are stationed at the Icelandic Coast Guard air base at Keflavik Airport and consist of four to eight planes performing three to four-week rotations. Contrary to the Baltic Air Policing mission – performed over the Baltic countries without combat aviation – NATO fighters carry out their tasks in Iceland only in rotation, about three times a year, without maintaining the continuity of the contingents’ stay. Missions of this type were carried out by, among others Czechs, Danes and Americans.
The participation of Polish crews in the allied mission in Iceland was planned for the first time in 2010, when the Polish authorities gave up this plan due to the global financial crisis.
The soldiers were said goodbye at the 32nd Tactical Air Base in Łask
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