RAF fighter jets deployed to Lithuania have been taking part in Exercise Baltops 2020 – NATO’s largest annual maritime exercise in the Baltic region.
RAF Lossiemouth is the normal base for the Typhoons from 6 Squadron RAF, but they are on NATO Baltic Air Policing duty, deployed to Šiauliai in Lithuania.
One of the Typhoon pilots from 6 Squadron taking part in the exercise said: "It was a pleasure to be able to participate in Baltops 2020.
“Working with aircraft and naval units from a variety of NATO members made for an interesting and valuable training opportunity.
"Interaction in both the planning and airborne stages of the exercise enhanced our appreciation of how fellow NATO members work and led to an ultimately successful exercise sortie."
The fighters also contribute to NATO exercises in the region, helping to add their land-based fast jet presence and sharpen each pilot’s operational skills.
The 2020 Baltops exercise is based around the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1.
The UK is among the countries who have added to it, as well as Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Germany and the United States of America, to form a Combined Task Group.
HMS Kent, a Type 23 Frigate, is the Royal Navy’s contribution to the exercise.
Together with Polish Su-22 aircraft, the RAF Typhoons aim to carry out simulated air attacks on the Combined Task Group. The group is defended by Polish F-16 jets, whilst the ships practise defensive drills.
Held since 1972, the annual exercise aims to create an environment for conducting interoperability training between NATO Allies and partner nations.
Cover image: RAF.