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Personnel and aircraft return from Operation BILOXI

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Personnel and aircraft from 3 (Fighter) Squadron have today returned from Operation BILOXI, the NATO Enhanced Air Policing mission in Romania.

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Returning pilots were met upon arrival by members of their families, squadron and station personnel.

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I am extremely proud of, and grateful for, the work carried out by 3 Fighter Squadron, supporting both Romania and our wider NATO allies. We routinely deploy to Eastern Europe on behalf of NATO, but this operation has been more intense, and more significant because of the illegal and continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Group Captain Peterson
Station Commander

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The operations in the Black Sea region have seen more than three times the number of sorties than on previous occasions, with a peak of activity in early May.

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The pilots have now returned, we look forward to the homecoming of the other squadron personnel, who have been integral to the successful completion of this vital task.

Group Captain Peterson
Station Commander

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The RAF has now handed over the responsibility for the enduring mission in Romania to the Royal Canadian Air Force, who will then in due course pass it to another NATO nation.

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Read more about 3 (F) Squadrons recent activity

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