2MT Support NATO Baltic Air Policing

Tonnes of vital equipment have been taken from RAF Wittering to Estonia by No 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron (2 MT Sqn) in support of the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission.

2 MT Sqn’s trucks transported spares and equipment to enable four RAF Typhoons to patrol the skies from Amari air base in Estonia.

Weeks before the final push from RAF Wittering, 2 MT’s drivers were dispatched to RAF stations across the country to collect ground equipment, aircraft spares and even airfield vehicles. With just seven days to complete the UK road move and four days to complete the task in Estonia, 2 MT Squadron moved 582 tonnes of equipment, roughly the payloads of 15 A400M aircraft.

Corporal Jack Coppack, who was the lead planner for the operation, said: “The success of this task was attributable to the professionalism of the personnel instrumental in its planning and execution. We co-ordinated the loads to be ready and prepared so that we could deliver everything to the ferry port and ensure that we could move everything once it reached Estonia. The return journey will also be a critical factor and diplomatic clearances have to be arranged for the convoys to come home.”

The Baltic air-policing mission is a NATO-led operation to protect the airspace of the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. As a NATO member, the UK has been a key contributor to the mission and the RAF Typhoons will provide a quick reaction alert capability.