NATO member states agreed to extend the alliance's Baltic air policing mission, providing fighter cover to member states Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania beyond 2014, announced Anders Fogh Rassmussen, NATO secretary general, Feb. 8, 2012. Since the Baltic states lack fighter assets of their own, 14 NATO air forces have deployed fighters to Siauliai AB, Lithuania, on a rotating basis since the states joined the alliance in 2004. Here, a German air force F-4 Phantom patrols the Baltic skies as seen from the cockpit of another German F-4. A contingent of German F-4s deployed to Siauliai in early January 2012 and will remain until late April 2012.
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