The 20th Baltic Region Training Event (BRTE 20) was held on 21 and 22 April 2015 bringing together flying assets, air command and control centres and Forward Air Controllers from NATO Allies Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, the United States, Partners Finland and Sweden and a NATO Airborne Early Warning platform.
Most of the training took place invisible from the ground up in the Baltic air space. Fighter aircraft conducted intercept and air-to-air training as well as air-to-air-refueling with United States and German tanker aircraft. NATO AEW and Control and Reporting Centre Karmelava, Lithuania, ensured control of the training event that was overseen by Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem, Germany, and organized by Allied Air Command at Ramstein, Germany.
The Latvian training area at Adazi east of the capital Riga was the venue for Close Air Support training of Allied Forward Air Controllers who coordinated and controlled Close Air Support missions of Norwegian and Swedish fighter aircraft during realistic simulated scenarios.
“Headquarters Allied Air Command began organizing the BRTE series in 2008. These two-day training events have been a long-standing routine for the headquarters and Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem helping to further cooperation and interoperability in the Baltic Region,” says Greek Air Force Major Dimitrios Koukaras, the BRTE project officer at Allied Air Command. “This time we have successfully brought together Allied and Partner aircraft to train tactics, techniques and procedures such as Close Air Support, air-to-air-refueling, Dissimilar Air Combat Training, and Search and Rescue. I am very pleased with the outcome. We were able to achieve our training objectives and I look forward to the continuation of the BRTE series in early June at Ämari Air Base, Estonia.”
NATO Allied Air Command