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Air Policing in Iceland. New Italian air patrol operation

Six F-35A fighters of the Italian Air Force, belonging to the 32nd Wing, were deployed on 8 June 2020 in Iceland, at Keflavik airport, with the task of controlling NATO airspace. The mission of the Italian 5th generation fighters in Iceland will last for about two months.

The 32nd Air Wing Task Force called “Northern Lightning II”, consisting of about 200 staff, is commanded by pilot Colonel Michele Cesario and comprises a task group (flight group) as well as technical and logistic staff. All they, in coordination with the Icelandic Coast Guard, will perform air defense functions, from surveillance and identification to interceptor control in Icelandic airspace.

Preventive measure were taken in relation to the COVID epidemic. All men and women employed have undergone a health screening and a period of precautionary isolation both in Italy and Iceland.

Altogether, the Italian Air Force has participated in Interim Air Policing in Albania since 2009, in Slovenia since 2004, in Montenegro since 2018, in addition to having already been involved in further operational theaters such as Lithuania and Iceland with F aircraft -35A and F-2000 Eurofighter.

The operation is coordinated by the Allied Air Command Headquarters in Ramstein (Germany).

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