Three hundred US Air Force airmen have arrived in Iceland for NATO’s regular patrol of Icelandic airspace. RÚV reported first. Accompanying them are staff from NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centre in Uedem, Germany. The Air Force comes to the country with fifteen F-15 fighter jets.
According to a press release, the operation involves landing exercises at airports in Akureyri and Egilsstaðir between July 31 and August 8 but is expected to continue throughout August.
NATO has carried out similar exercises in Iceland in recent years in accordance with their Icelandic Air Policing operation which involves regular patrols of Icelandic airspace. Iceland is one of NATO’s founding members, and its only member without a standing army.
The operations are executed by the Icelandic Coast Guard in co-operation with Isavia. The Icelandic Coast Guard is responsible for the implementation of defense-related projects under the Defense Act (no. 34/2008).