Philip Hammond has visited Royal Air Force personnel
deployed to Lithuania as part of the Nato Baltic air policing
detachment of 4 Typhoon multi-role fighter aircraft arrived at Siauliai Air
Base on 28 April, ahead of a 4-month deployment alongside the Polish Air Force,
providing reassurance to Nato allies in Lithuania, Estonia and
During his visit, Mr Hammond met with Lithuanian
Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, before touring
the RAF detachment and speaking
with RAF personnel.
Hammond and Mr Olekas then witnessed a practice scramble with pilots and ground
crew sprinting to launch a pair of live-armed Typhoons.
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