Finland joins NATO operations with fighter jets, mine clearing vessel

Finland has confirmed that it will be sending up to eight fighter jets and a mine hunting navy vessel to take part in NATO’s joint operations in 2024.

The Nordic nation last year joined the Western military alliance in a historic security policy U-turn in response to neighbouring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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One of Finland’s Katanpaa class vessels will join NATO’s mine countermeasure unit in the Baltic Sea in April and May, clearing old sea mines, participating in exercises and protecting underwater infrastructure.

The fighter jets will participate in regular air patrolling and “creating deterrence by show of military force” in Romania and Bulgaria, including in the Black Sea, during June and July.


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