Pilots of the Canadian air force arrived at Keflavík International Airport in Iceland yesterday evening to patrol the Icelandic airspace on behalf of NATO.
Keflavík Intenational Airport. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
A total of 160 members of the Canadian air force will participate in the project and will use four F18 fighter jets along with fuel planes to carry it out, Morgunbladid reports.
Employees of the Icelandic Airspace Protection System joined the crew of the Icelandic Coast Guard at the beginning of the year, when the Icelandic Defense Agency was shut down.
This is the first time that the Coast Guard has supervised the airspace patrol.
After the American military left its base in Iceland, NATO member states have taken turns patrolling the Icelandic airspace.