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Romania: NATO strengthens presence in Romania with arrival of AWACS02:39

Romania: NATO strengthens presence in Romania with arrival of AWACS

Romania, Bucharest
May 15, 2017 at 20:09 GMT -00:00 · Published

Footage released Monday shows E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) landing at Bucharest airport as part of NATO's increased presence in East Europe.

The aircraft was relocated from Geilenkirchen, Germany, to Romania prior to NATO's quarterly conference (NAEW&C Force) that takes place in Bucharest this year from May 15-18th. Representatives from Romanian Air Forces and Romanian Department of Defence were present at the airport to welcome NATO's delegation.

As NATO commander Major General Dawn Dunlop stated the aircraft "provides a unique capability for NATO and ready responsive airborne early warning surveillance, battle management, command and control" and is "very often used when NATO is looking for a quick response to an event."

Commenting on AWACS' deployment to Romania, Brigadier General Kevin Huyck established the priorities of NATO's operation in the country which are to "reassure the Allies on the Eastern flank of NATO" as well as three month training for Romanian military personnel.

"Assurance is really important for our allies on the Eastern flank, and, as we saw with the crisis in Ukraine, the importance of being in the skies, planning and controlling the space around NATO, and most importantly, showing that the Allies here remain strong," concluded Brigadier General Huyck.

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Footage released Monday shows E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) landing at Bucharest airport as part of NATO's increased presence in East Europe.

The aircraft was relocated from Geilenkirchen, Germany, to Romania prior to NATO's quarterly conference (NAEW&C Force) that takes place in Bucharest this year from May 15-18th. Representatives from Romanian Air Forces and Romanian Department of Defence were present at the airport to welcome NATO's delegation.

As NATO commander Major General Dawn Dunlop stated the aircraft "provides a unique capability for NATO and ready responsive airborne early warning surveillance, battle management, command and control" and is "very often used when NATO is looking for a quick response to an event."

Commenting on AWACS' deployment to Romania, Brigadier General Kevin Huyck established the priorities of NATO's operation in the country which are to "reassure the Allies on the Eastern flank of NATO" as well as three month training for Romanian military personnel.

"Assurance is really important for our allies on the Eastern flank, and, as we saw with the crisis in Ukraine, the importance of being in the skies, planning and controlling the space around NATO, and most importantly, showing that the Allies here remain strong," concluded Brigadier General Huyck.

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