Posts tagged as Air Force

US Air Force chief to visit Estonia, mark Estonian Air Force centenary

Saturday, July 13, 2019

General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, is to visit Estonia July 13-14, marking the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Estonian Air Force (Eesti Õhuvägi). The visit will include meetings with Estonian Ministry of Defence personnel, as well as those from the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), according to a U.S. Embassy press release. “I want to congratulate the Estonian Air Force on…

1 missing, 6 dead in storm in northern Greece

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A search and rescue operation was underway in northern Greece Thursday for a fisherman missing after a powerful storm left six people dead, including two children, and injured about 140. The violent storm in the northern Halkidiki peninsula on Wednesday night ripped up trees and power pylons, tossed vehicles and left swathes of debris across the coast. The 62-year-old fisherman took his fishing boat out in the afternoon and had…

Defmin thanks Estonian troops who served in Mali

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Estonian Minister of Defense Juri Luik awarded mission medals to the approximately 50 members of the Estonian defense forces who served as part of the French-led anti-insurgent mission Barkhane in Mali. “Mali is one of the most remote places where our soldiers, with weapons in their hands, have protected Estonia’s interests. However, with this choice, we have affirmed our membership of a unified Western security space,” Luik said at a ceremony held at…

German Air Force jets to conduct training flights in Estonian airspace

Monday, February 4, 2019

German fighter jets stationed at the Amari air base in northwestern Estonia as part of NATO’s Baltic air policing mission will perform training flights in Estonian airspace from Monday to Friday. The German Eurofighter jets will be flying at an altitude of at least 152 meters and preferably away from populated areas, spokespeople for the Estonian defense forces said. A second air detachment of the NATO Baltic air policing mission…

De-icing equipment to be bought for the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base in Šiauliai

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai will get de-icing equipment for aircraft. It will be acquired according to an agreement signed by the Ministry of National Defence and the AF Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate (AFSACD) on behalf of the Government of the United States of America. The new equipment – a de-icer car – will be capable of removing ice from aircraft at the necessary height which will…

Lithuanian president couldn’t fly to Riga due to plane’s altitude system failure

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite could not fly out to Riga on Sunday due to a failure in a military Spartan’s altitude management system, the Air Force said. Its commander, Colonel Dainius Guzas, says a plane becomes unmanageable due to such a failure but it was fixed in a day. “After the trimmer fails, the plane become unmanageable, you cannot manage its altitude,” the commander told BNS Lithuania on Monday. “It…

Japan and US Jointly Conduct Air Force Drills Over East China Sea

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Japan Air Self-Defense Forces (Koku-Jieitai) have conducted joint drills with the US B-52 strategic bomber over the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan, the Japanese military said on Friday. “Koku-Jieitai and the U.S. Air Force conducted the bilateral training … over the vicinity of the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan … The bilateral training contributed to enhancing the Japan-U.S. joint response capabilities and improving…

Wilson: Air Force needs massive combat squadron boost to compete with Russia, China

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Air Force must add 74 combat squadrons to retain military advantages over near-peer adversaries seeking to challenge American power, the service’s top civilian said Monday. “We know now from analysis … that the Air Force is too small for what the nation expects of us,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said during in a speech on the opening day of the Air Force Association’s annual Air, Space and Cyber…

Spanish soldier attacked in Lithuania

Friday, August 3, 2018

A female Spanish Air Force soldier was attacked in Šiauliai, northern Lithuania, on Tuesday night. According to Šiauliai County police, the incident took place at 7.30 p.m. when the Spanish soldier, 36, had her mouth covered and a knife placed to the throat from behind. The woman is being treated for shock. The attacker, 23, was detained and taken into custody. Spanish, Portuguese and French troops are now deployed in…

Osprey landing in Japan surprises residents and sparks complaints

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Air Force doesn’t have to give notice before aircraft land at U.S. or Japanese facilities that it has permission to use, a U.S. military official said Thursday after residents complained about a CV-22 Osprey landing in Saitama prefecture, Japan. Local government officials told Japan’s Defense Ministry that they weren’t informed before the tiltrotor aircraft landed briefly at the Tokorozawa Communications Site on Monday evening. The landing sparked noise complaints…