RAF deploys fighter jets to Finland and Sweden for Nato training


Two F-35Bs fighter jets were sent to the Nordic countries (Picture: Ministry of Defence/PA)

The RAF has deployed fighter jets to Finland and Sweden for joint training exercises after the two countries applied to join Nato.

Two F-35Bs and four Typhoons conducted ‘high-end warfighting training’ with Finnish F-18 Hornets and Swedish Gripen aircrafts.

It is all part of increasing the military ‘presence in the region’ and it was requested by the host nations.

The UK signed mutual security assurance declarations with both countries in May. They are also both members of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force, a coalition of 10 nations.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: ‘Finland and Sweden are important defence partners and we welcome their applications to join Nato, which will make the alliance stronger as we face a renewed threat in Europe.

The RAF also sent four Typhoon fighter jets (Picture: PA)

‘These deployments highlight our determination to enhance that partnership and ensure our forces can work together seamlessly.’

Swedish defence minister Peter Hultqvist said the joint exercises ‘strengthen our ability to operate together in response to a crisis in our neighbourhood’.

‘This is particularly important in today’s challenging security environment.’

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