RAF personnel taking part in Estonia's Independence Day celebrations (Picture: RAF).
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RAF marks Estonian independence with Typhoon flypast

The celebrations included a flypast of four Typhoons from 6 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth.

RAF personnel taking part in Estonia's Independence Day celebrations (Picture: RAF).

The Royal Air Force has marked Estonia's Independence Day celebrations with a Typhoon flypast.

Estonia celebrated its 104th Independence Day with a static parade – led by the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces and hosted by President Alar Karis.

The RAF was invited to support the celebrations in recognition of the UK's close relationship with Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) partner nations.

Watch: UK military doubling troop presence in Estonia.

A formal reception hosting local dignitaries was supported by more than 700 people and 18 units of equipment – including NATO troops and a flypast of four Typhoons from 6 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth.

Air Vice-Marshal Phil Robinson, Air Officer Commanding Number 11 Group, said it was an "excellent occasion to showcase" the UK's close relationship with Estonia.

"This is one part in a series of opportunities designed to continuously improve interoperability with our JEF and NATO partners, and strengthen our relationship as part of our commitment to collective defence in Europe."

After departing RAF Coningsby, the aircraft flew east with support from RAF Brize Norton.

The formation joined aircraft from the Estonian Police and Border Guard, as well as Estonian Air Force L-39 Albatross and F-16s from both the Polish and Belgian air forces as they passed over Freedom Square in the heart of Tallinn.

The event comes after the UK confirmed it would double its troop presence in Estonia in response to tensions involving Russia –  with extra personnel and hardware being sent to the Baltic nation.