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RAF Typhoons Deploy To Iceland On NATO Air Policing Mission

It is the first time an RAF aircraft has conducted NATO's Icelandic Air Policing Mission.

This deployment marks the RAF's very first contribution to the mission (Picture: RAF).

Royal Air Force aircraft have deployed to Iceland for the first time in more than 10 years, to contribute to NATO's Icelandic Air Policing Mission.

Typhoon jets from 1 (Fighter) Squadron will protect the airspace until mid-December.

Following their deployment to Keflavik Air Base, they will return to RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.

Iceland has no air force of its own and the Air Policing Mission has provided air patrols since 2008.

This deployment marks the RAF's very first contribution to the mission.

Air Vice Marshal Harv Smyth, the Air Officer Commanding 1 Group RAF, which includes 1 (Fighter) Squadron, said: "This deployment is primarily designed to offer reassurance to our friends.

"I am confident the Typhoons will secure the Icelandic skies in the same way as we do... at home."

Earlier this year, RAF Typhoons conducted Baltic Air Policing in Estonia.