The Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai, northern Lithuania, on Monday hosted the official rotation ceremony of contingents in charge of NATO's Baltic air policing mission.
NATO forces in Lithuania
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Having guarded the Baltic skies for the last four months, Polish and British troops handed over the mission to Portugal and Canada.

Arriving for a second time, Portuguese troops will safeguard the Baltic airspace with six F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets. They will be assisted by four F-18 Hornets of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

As of Monday, the security of the Baltic airspace will also be strengthened by German troops deployed in Amari, Estonia, and Dutch military stationed in the air base of the Polish Air Force in Malbork.

NATO has bolstered the Baltic air policing mission this year in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.

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