On August 28 four French Air Force fighters “Mirage 2000” which will conduct NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States for the next four months will land in the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base in Šiauliai. French soldiers will replace the Portuguese troops currently conducting the Air Policing Mission with four F-16 "Fighting Falcon" fighters.
On August 31 the Exchange Ceremony of the contingents conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States will be held in the Air Base in Šiauliai.
This will be the fifth time when the French troops will protect the Baltic States airspace. France assigned about 100 Air Force soldiers from Luxeuil Air Base in the East of France.
The first mission French troops conducted in 2007 with fighters “Mirage 2000” followed by successful missions in 2010, 2011 and 2013.