Royal Air Force chief visits Estonia
Air Chief Marshal of the Royal Air Force (RAF) Sir Stephen Hillier met with the British unit currently serving the Baltic Air Policing mission at Estonia's Ämari Air Base during a two-day visit to Estonia.
During a two-day visit ending on Friday, Hillier met with Estonia's Deputy Chief of Defense Brig. Gen. Indrek Sirel as well as Chief of the Estonian Air Force Col. Jaak Tarien, military spokespeople in Tallinn said. During meetings with Estonian Defense Forces and the Ministry of Defense, topics involving participation in trainings and the presence of British units were discussed.
According to Hillier, the service of the Brisih is a good example of the good relationship between the UK and Estonia which has lasted for years, as well as of the fact that in a changing world, cooperation in the framework of the Baltic Air Policing mission and different rapid action forces strengthened the commitment of the UK to NATO and Estonia.
According to Tarien, the UK is a strategic partner to Estonia who has contributed considerably to the strengthening of NATO's deterrence by sending its units here last year as well as the year before that.
This is the third time that the RAF has participated in the Baltic Air Policing mission during the past three years; within this time period, it is also their second time being stationed at Ämari Air Base. The unit serving Ämari is part of the 140 Expeditionary Air Wing, which is permanently stationed in Scotland.
The British unit flies twin-engine Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighters.